Austin Dillon Takes No. 3 Truck To Victory Lane

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

There is a bright star that is beginning to rise in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Sunday rookie Austin Dillon started from the pole, for the third consecutive race, however this time he flat-out dominated the race and captured his first ever career victory in the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa.

The 20-year-old Dillon did have to hold off Johnny Sauter on a green-white checkered finish for his first victory, but he made it look easy after leading 187 of the 205 laps on the day.

With his win Dillon jumped four spots in the point standings up to seventh. He now sits 267 points behind Todd Bodine heading into a nine-race stretch without a week off for the series.

Johnny Sauter has now closed to within just 10 points of third in the championship standings with his second place finish.

Coming to the line behind Sauter were Matt Crafton, Ken Schrader, and James Buescher.

It was a rough day for the top-four in truck series points. Todd Bodine the point leader was actually the only one of the point contenders to finish the event.

Bodine would come home 17th after being swept up in a crash that collected Brian Ickler and the third-place man in the points Ron Hornaday.

Aric Almirola sits second in the points and was on a hot streak. However his day came to a halt when he blew a tire on lap 76, and Timothy Peters’ engine expired on lap 104.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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