“I know Dale Earnhardt is smiling down tonight to know that Austin and Ty and Dale Jr., he won some races in the Nationwide races with us, for all of them to be able to win and to be able to win our 100th race for the No. 3 and for my grandson to win it, it’s very special, it’s a very special evening,” Childress said. “I looked up at the board one time tonight when he was leading, 100 laps or so and thought, that’s pretty cool to see that 3 up there leading the race and I know Dale is smiling down right now.”
The only time that Dillon’s victory run appeared in possible jeopardy was when he was leading and the caution came from laps 100 to 106 when Kyle Busch (No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota) lost an engine. On the restart, rookie Ryan Blaney (No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford) captured the lead with defending series champ James Buescher (No. 31 Rheem Chevrolet), of Plano, Texas, in tow.
Blaney led for 10 laps as Dillon fought past Buescher and then passed Blaney with a strong inside move between turns 3 and 4 on Lap 117. Once in clean air and out front, Dillon built a commanding lead over the final 31 laps en route to a 2.663-second margin of victory over runner-up Johnny Sauter (No. 98 Carolina Nut/Curb Records Toyota).
Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 9 Smokey Mountain Chevrolet) finished third, Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet) was fourth and Justin Lofton (No. 6 Lofton Cattle Chevrolet) fifth.
Buescher finished sixth, but was unable to make up much ground on championship leader Matt Crafton (No. 88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota). Crafton struggled most of the night, but managed a 10th-place finish and leads Buescher by a commanding 46 points with two races remaining.
The race had eight lead changes among five drivers and had an average speed of 145.571 miles per hour.