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Austin Dillon wins crash-filled Xfinity race at Daytona

Austin Dillon (33) outlasted Chase Elliot during a green-white-checkered finish Saturday to claim the crash-filled Subway Firecracker 250 Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
Austin Dillon (33) outlasted Chase Elliot during a green-white-checkered finish Saturday to claim the crash-filled Subway Firecracker 250 Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. GETTY

Austin Dillon won a wreck-filled Firecracker 250 Xfinity Series race Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway in a green-white-checkered finish.

Dillon took advantage of a late wreck involving then-leader Brian Scott, whose attempted block on Elliott Sadler badly backfired on Lap 98.

Sadler finished second, with Chase Elliott coming in third. Points leader Chris Buescher was 12th, a lap down.

Turning point

Then-leader Scott attempted to block Sadler, causing a 12-car wreck on Lap 98. That allowed Dillon to take the lead and he was able to hold off Sadler in overtime.

Three who mattered

Austin Dillon: Wins his first superspeedway race and calls it the biggest triumph of his career.

Brian Scott: Was in position to win is first career Xfinity race until ill-timed decision to block Sadler.

Chris Buescher: Although he finished 12th, he increased his points lead to 34 over Chase Elliott, who moved into second place ahead of Ty Dillon.

Observations

▪ The green flag was delayed for about an hour by rain that had been threatening for much of the late afternoon.

▪ The race began with three cautions in the first 14 laps. Things settled down after that before a hectic finish, which included two 12-car wrecks over the final nine laps.

▪ Sadler was disappointed gracious when asked about Scott’s blocking move, saying it was just bad timing by Scott and his spotter. Sadler managed to avoid the big wreck that came out of all that and finished second.

They said it

“I told myself I was going to be aggressive and go for the win. Obviously I mistimed it a little bit.” – Scott, on his attempt to block Sadler.

Next race

NASCAR Xfinity Race

Where: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

TV: NBC Sports Network.

Radio: Performance Racing Network

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