Austin Dillon scores first win of 2020 as RCR finishes 1-2

Austin Dillon would win at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday evening after capitalizing on a late caution brought out by Quin Houff. 

The win is Austin’s third career Cup victory. His last victory came on February 18, 2018 at the Daytona 500.

Aric Almirola, who started on the pole, would lead through the competition caution on lap 20. However, recurring break issues would eventually give Kevin Harvick an opening to take the lead on lap 26. While Almirola would briefly regain the lead on lap 56, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones would all hold the lead as the majority of drivers went through the pits for green-flag stops. 

After the conclusion of green-flag stops, Blaney would hold the lead over Busch to stage one’s conclusion. The stage win would be Blaney’s second of the season. 

While Blaney would begin stage two as the leader, Busch would take the lead immediately after the field sorted out on the restart. Busch would not be able to create space, as Jimmie Johnson would get loose coming out of turn four. 

Busch’s teammate, Denny Hamlin, would overtake Busch on lap 123 until Blaney would yet again fight on the inside and take back the lead three laps later.

Blaney would hold the lead for 34 laps until the 26-year-old would go in for a green-flag pit stop. Blaney’s Penske teammate, Joey Logano, would inherit the lead for eight laps until he would also go in for a stop. 

While a combination of Harvick, Almirola and Truex Jr. would again have the lead, the green flag pit stops would, yet again, cycle Blaney back to the lead and would net him his second stage win on the day. 

The red flag would quickly come out after the beginning of the final stage, as Almirola would clip Busch and lead to a massive wreck involving Truex Jr., William Byron, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Chris Buescher, Cole Custer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Preece. 

Brad Keselowski, Hamlin and Blaney would all jockey back-and-forth for the lead, with Blaney, again, coming out on top despite separate cautions involving John Hunter Nemechek and Ty Dillon.  

Blaney would concede the lead after going down pit road with less than 50 to go for the final green-flag pit stop. While Harvick would cycle to the lead on lap 305, Houff would collide into Christopher Bell and Matt DiBenedetto as Houff was trying to enter pit road. The caution would trap Blaney, Hamlin and Almirola a lap down and would see Austin Dillon take the lead. 

Contact from Hamlin and Alex Bowman would lead to a restart with 11 to go and see Austin Dillon clear his Richard Childress Racing teammate Tyler Reddick to maintain the lead. Another caution by Hamlin in turn four would lead to a restart with two to go and see Dillon take the inside lane, launch ahead on the restart, and claim the win. 

Reddick would finish second, which is the first time RCR has finished one-two since the Fall race at Talladega Superspeedway. In 20 career Cup races, it is the rookie’s best finish. 

Logano would finish third. It is the 30-year-old’s first top-five finish since he finished fourth at Martinsville Speedway on June 10. 

Harvick would finish fifth. The finish extends his consecutive top-five finish streak to five and his consecutive top-10 finishes to six. 

Erik Jones finished sixth. Blaney settled for a seventh-place finish. Kurt Busch finished eighth. Keselowski finished ninth, and Almirola rounded out the top 10, which is his seventh-straight top-10 finish.

The Cup Series will head to Kansas Speedway on Thursday, July 23. TV coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network. 

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