Dillon Survives Rain, Crashes & Late-Race Drama

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Dillon endured multiple rain delays en route to winning Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, but it was all worth it in the end, as he took the checkered flag and punched his ticket to the playoffs. After a lengthy rain delay, the Cup Series was able to get rolling again with only 10 cars on the lead lap. However, with three laps to go, Dillon hooked Cindric sideways, sweeping the No. From there, Dillon held serve in the closing laps, with teammate Tyler Reddick protecting the back bumper of the No. How did Dillon manage to stay focused, amidst all that stood before him during the rain delay, while leading?. After a Stage 1 crash collected Blaney, the driver of the No. After a battle of attrition, Blaney held on with a wounded race car to finish 15th, six laps down. Dillon was the 16th different driver to win a Cup Series race this season.

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