As Austin Dillion the 22 year old grandson of Richard Clildress, did his customary burn-out, in front of the flag stand Friday evening, after taking the Checkered Fag, at the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway, and went to Victory Lane, did you get some goose bumps, or was it the hair on your neck that stood up? You were able to see something you haven’t seen since the 2000 Winston, at Talladega. The black #3 in Victory Lane.
I know for us older race fans, it had to be deja vu to see it again. You almost expected to see The Intimidator get out of the car and raise his hands, but it was not to be. It was however a very excited Austin Dillion logging his first win in the Nationwide Series and an excited grandad(Richard Childress) saying “Dale would be proud”, I’m expecting he would have been.
Dillion went to Kentucky, put the car on the pole, and administered as about a decisive win as I’ve seen all year in any series. He led for 192 of the 200 lap race, and beat runner up Kurt Busch by 9.282 seconds on a hot Kentucky evening.
The win would come at a price though. On Monday, it was announced that the #3 Chevrolet was in violations of rule infractions discovered during post-race inspection.
The No. 3 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20A-12.8.1C (body height requirements – car failed to meet the minimum rear car heights) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.
As a result, crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. has been fined $10,000, while owner Morgan Shepherd and driver Austin Dillon have been penalized with the loss of six championship owner and six championship driver points, respectively. In addition, Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska continue to remain on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
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