Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon took victory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday avoiding a chaotic incident involving Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch along with Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson to claim his first Cup series win of the season by .139s from his team mate Tyler Reddick.

The victory was Dillon’s third Cup career win having also taken victory in the 2017 Daytona 500 and the 2018 Coca-Cola 600, 88 races ago.

Speaking following the win Dillon said:

Not bad for a silver spoon kid, right,” “Tyler Reddick, he raced me clean. 1-2 for RCR. This has been coming. We’ve had good cars all year. I’ve got my baby Ace back home and my wife and I love them so much. I’m just so happy. Thank God. To tell you the truth, it means a whole lot [to be in the Playoffs] for the family, for all our of partners.”

Dillon had made his way through the field from 21st on the grid to take the victory while Reddick came from ninth on the grid to finish second. Speaking following the race he said:

We had to catch a few breaks. “Can’t ask for much more than we got there, me and my teammate on the front for the last couple restarts. He’s done this a little longer than I have and I’m a little bit rusty, haven’t been on the front row in a while.

“I just wanted it to be between us, not bring other cars into it and make sure we could fight it out. “We got the restarts and just kept getting opportunities and couldn’t get it done today. But hats off to the three guys. They work hard and this gets one RCR Chevrolet into the Playoffs. We’re below the cutoff line, so we’ve got to keep fighting. If we can keep running like this, hopefully we won’t have to worry about points.”

Team Penske’s Joey Logano came home in third place just ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch who recovered from a trip across the grass the finish fourth ahead of Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones.

Ryan Blaney in the No.12 Ford Mustang came home in seventh having been caught out due to a late race cauton after Quin Houff hit the wall while coming down pit Road.

Speaking following the race Blaney said:

Disappointing finish for sure. “Dominant car all day, especially on long runs. Really proud of that. Just unfortunate the way it ended for us.”

“I’m proud of the speed we have and I feel like we can compete with the four and the 11 and those guys who have a lot of wins this year.

NASCAR Cup Series Race – 24th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, Texas
Sunday, July 19, 2020

1. (21) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 334.
2. (24) Tyler Reddick #, Chevrolet, 334.
3. (9) Joey Logano, Ford, 334.
4. (4) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 334.
5. (5) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 334.
6. (23) Erik Jones, Toyota, 334.
7. (2) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 334.
8. (3) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 334.
9. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 334.
10. (1) Aric Almirola, Ford, 334.
11. (17) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 334.
12. (8) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 334.
13. (15) Ryan Newman, Ford, 334.
14. (14) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 334.
15. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 334.
16. (36) Corey LaJoie, Ford, 334.
17. (11) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 334.
18. (22) Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, 334.
19. (16) Chris Buescher, Ford, 333.
20. (7) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 333.
21. (33) Christopher Bell #, Toyota, 331.
22. (28) John Hunter Nemechek #, Ford, 331.
23. (37) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 329.
24. (35) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, 328.
25. (29) Gray Gaulding(i), Ford, 323.
26. (20) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 322.
27. (32) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 322.
28. (40) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 322.
29. (10) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 320.
30. (12) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, Accident, 319.
31. (27) Josh Bilicki(i), Chevrolet, 318.
32. (31) Joey Gase(i), Ford, 318.
33. (39) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 318.
34. (26) Quin Houff #, Chevrolet, Accident, 295.
35. (30) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, DVP, 263.
36. (38) Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, Electrical, 254.
37. (18) William Byron, Chevrolet, Accident, 252.
38. (13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 221.
39. (19) Cole Custer #, Ford, Accident, 219.
40. (25) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, Accident, 217.

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