Dillon Wins Thrilling But Rain Shortened LTi Printing 250

Its been nearly two years since Richard Childress Racing and Austin Dillon had been to victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Well, that 56 race drought is now over. Dillon, held on to win Saturday’s rain shortened LTi Printing 250 at the Michigan International Speedway. It was his first since at Bristol on Aug. 19, 2016.

He led 18 of the 91 laps on the 2-mile, D-shaped oval in his No. 3 Chevrolet for his ninth career series win and first at Michigan. 

Dillon took over the lead on Lap 72 then was passed four laps later by Ryan Reed. He’d get it back for 11 more laps before battling with his RCR teammate Daniel Hemric for the lead before the rain came 34 laps prior to the scheduled distance.

With Dillon in the lead and rain falling on the Irish Hills track again, NASCAR decided that enough was enough to and just end the race short of the Lap 125 end.

Rain fell during the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session this morning and rained out XFINITY Series qualifying and Cup final practice. In fact, the start of the race was delayed nearly four hours.

When we did get going, it was nothing short of thrilling. Where this restrictor plate package failed last weekend in Pocono, it was a hit on Saturday in Michigan. The wide sweeping turns allowed for drivers to be flat out which created racing like we typically see at Daytona and Talladega. While it was a little more spread out than that, we still saw 14 lead changes among nine different drivers in just 91 laps of action.

It was what the fans were searching for and a package I’d like to see more of in the future.

Hemric, would give RCR and 1-2 finish for his third top three finish in his No. 21 Chevrolet in the last four races. In fact, out of the last eight races of the season, Hemric has finished in the top three in five of them.

Cole Custer came home third in his No. 00 Ford for his third straight top five result and 10th top 10 in the last 11 races on the season. Ryan Reed earned his best finish since the season opening race at Daytona with a fourth place run in his No. 16 Ford.

Paul Menard rounded out the top five.

Kyle Busch started on the pole by virtue of owners points and would lead a race high 29 laps in a sixth place effort.

LTi Printing 250 Results

  1.  3 Dillon
  2. 21 Hemric
  3. 00 Custer
  4. 16 Reed
  5. 22 Menard
  6. 18 Busch
  7.  9 Reddick R
  8. 98 Harvick
  9.  7 Allgaier
  10. 11 Truex
  11. 20 Bell R
  12. 61 Grala R
  13. 42 Nemechek
  14.  4 Chastain
  15. 51 Clements
  16.  2 Tifft
  17.  5 Annett
  18. 19 Jones
  19. 39 Sieg
  20. 38 Sieg
  21. 23 Bowman
  22. 76 Boyd
  23. 60 Cindric R
  24. 78 Martins
  25. 01 Miller R
  26.  0 Smithley
  27. 45 Bilicki R
  28. 74 McLeod
  29. 40 Finchum
  30.  1 Sadler
  31. 66 Hill OUT
  32. 90 Williams OUT
  33. 52 Starr OUT
  34.  8 Bacarella OUT
  35. 55 Hightower OUT
  36. 15 Mills R OUT
  37. 36 Labbe R OUT
  38. 89 Shepherd OUT
  39. 35 Gase OUT
  40. 93 Green OUT

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