Recap of Last Year’s Xfinity Charlotte Race

For the eighth time in the first eleven races of the year, a Sprint Cup Series driver took home the winner’s trophy in the X-FINITY Series. It was Austin Dillon’s turn on this occasion. He zipped past race leader Denny Hamlin fifteen laps from the finish and kept the Number-33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in front the rest of the way to notch his fourth career win and second of the season. Dillon had the dominant car, leading all but thirty-seven of the two hundred laps. His margin of victory over Hamlin was more than two-and-a-half-seconds. Kasey Kahne finished third with Regan Smith and Darrell Wallace Junior completing the top five … The top four drivers in the X-FINITY Series standings entering the weekend all held their positions. Chris Buescher’s lead now stood at four points over Ty Dillon, who finished seventh in the race – four spots in front of Buescher … Austin Dillon’s first four career X-FINITY Series wins all came from the pole – twice at Kentucky Speedway, then early in the 2015 season at Las Vegas and now in Charlotte. This was Dillon’s first C-M-S victory in five starts … After a four-year dry spell, Chevrolet has now won Charlotte’s spring race the last two seasons – with Kyle Larson in 2014 and Dillon in 2015 … The track qualifying record for the
X-FINITY Series belongs to Jimmie Johnson, who posted a lap of 187.735 miles per hour in October 2005 … Mark Martin – who was voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this week as a member of the Class of 2017 – holds the C-M-S mark for winning average speed … 155.799 miles per hour set in May 1996


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