Austin Dillon Returns No. 3 Back to Victory Lane

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Austin Dillon was able to save just enough fuel during Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 that went into early Monday morning to secure his first career victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Dillon led just two laps after passing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who ran out of fuel on the backstretch.

It wasn’t an easy ride for Dillon who still had to hold off a hard charging Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., who both dominated the race.

Dillon was able to deliver the first victory for the No. 3 car in the cup series since Dale Earnhardt Sr. did so at Talladega in October of 2000. Many fans flocked to social media to show their congratulations to Austin and the whole No. 3 team while they also received some negative responses from the fans on social media.

“Haters gonna hate,” Dillon said in the post-race media availability. “They need to stop drinking that ‘Hater-ade’.”

“It feels awesome, like I said earlier, to all the supporters that have been behind us, the (No.) 3 car. Feels amazing,” Dillon told when asked how it felt to finally deliver a victory to the younger generation of No. 3 fans.

“To those that don’t, I feel sorry for them because I hope it just keeps going. I hope this feels good to them, though. It’s pretty cool to see the 3, like my grandfather said, on top of the pylon tonight.”

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An Ooltewah, TN native, Christian has been writing since July of 2015. In 2017, Christian transitioned from his own blog to a few different websites, joining OnPitRoad in February. In 2005 Christian attended his first race as a fan at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s been around racing his entire life and enjoys being at the track more than anything. He made his media debut at Bristol in 2015. His favorite tracks are Iowa Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Phoenix. He enjoys talking about racing with just about anyone and makes occasional appearances on numerous radio shows across the country. In his time attending races he’s attended almost ninety races among the six racing series. Along with NASCAR, He loves Minor and Major League Baseball. He’s a Minnesota Twins and Chattanooga Lookouts. He also enjoys watching Iowa State Cyclones college football.