Austin Dillon Dominates the Boyd Gaming 300 to Victory at LVMS

Saturday's Winner Austin Dillon and Team Owner Richard Childress talk about the Boyd Gaming 300

Saturday’s Winner Austin Dillon and Team Owner Richard Childress talk about the Boyd Gaming 300

by Jake Conlee

Today brought some of the best weather that we have experienced in Las Vegas in quite some time, and at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Austin Dillon’s first victory of the 2015 Xfinity Series. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is playing host to the weekend’s festivities, including Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300. Today’s Boyd Gaming 300 was marred by 6 caution flags for a total of 34 laps, but Dillon was able to drive away from the field unscathed. Dillon started on pole, after running at the top of most of the practice sessions, almost never looking back from the start of the race. Dillon has finished three times in the top-10 at Las Vegas, out of three races at LVMS, this making his first victory. The mile and a half oval seems to suit Dillon’s driving style. Dillon states that the layout of the track, today’s conditions and being able to move around on the circuit is good for the way he drives, but more importantly, the way his #33 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro performed today. Dillon also credits the hard work of his team, his crew chief and his team owner for today’s success. The 24 year old drove his #33 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro to a decidedly dominant victory, leading 183 out of 200 laps in Saturday’s Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300. Capping off his win with an impressive “smoke show” and a Pete Rose slide on the infield, this race was definitely special for Dillon.

2015-03-07 13.18.26 (1233x1280)Driving for Richard Childress Racing in the Xfinity Series #33 Rheem Camaro, Dillon’s odds of winning were 6-1, which he was able to pull out the victory ahead of a hard charging Ryan Blaney in the #22 Discount Tire Mustang. At points in the race, Blaney was making up three tenths of a second per lap, but Dillon was able to fight him off until the final lap. Dillon states that this particular car and performance package was one of the best vehicles that he can remember, and was perfect to win under today’s racing conditions. Crew Chief Nick Harrison ranks this win in today’s Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Racing series right up at the top of one of the best finishes and races that he can remember.

Team owner Richard Childress, who happens to be grandfather of Dillon and speaks of the pride that he has for the achievements for not only Austin, today’s winner and his other Cup-racing grandson, Ty Dillon and all the accomplishments that the both of them have made in the sport that has been featuring Richard Childress Racing for many years. Austin is qualified for tomorrow’s Sprint Cup main event, the Kobalt 400 in the 25th position.

Dillon does a burnout after winning Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300

Dillon does a burnout after winning Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300

Las Vegas’ own Brendan Gaughan, driving the #62 South Point Chevrolet had a very solid race, finishing on the lead lap in 6th place, earning Gaughan some valuable Xfinity Racing series points, taking him up to 7th in the standings overall for the season. Leading for three laps of the 200 lap race, Gaughan flirted with a top-3 finish, before settling for 6th.

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