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Standings
Final Point Standings
Driver Championship
1 Sebastien Bourdais 364
2 Justin Wilson 281
3 Rob Doornbos (R) 268
4 Will Power 262
5 Graham Rahal (R) 243
6 Oriol Servia 237
7 Bruno Junqueira 233
8 S. Pagenaud (R) 232
9 Neel Jani (R) 231
10 Alex Tagliani 205
11 Paul Tracy 171
12 T. Gommendy (R) 140
13 Dan Clarke 129
14 Ryan Dalziel (R) 116
15 Katherine Legge 108
16 Jan Heylen 104
17 Alex Figge (R) 95
18 Mario Dominguez 78
19 Nelson Philippe 28
20 David Martinez (R) 18
21 Matt Halliday (R) 18
22 Roberto Moreno 9

Rookie of the Year
1 Robert Doornbos (R) 268
2 Graham Rahal (R) 243
3 Simon Pagenaud (R) 232
4 Neel Jani (R) 231
5 Tristan Gommendy (R) 140
6 Ryan Dalziel (R) 116
7 Alex Figge (R) 95
8 David Martinez (R) 18
9 Matt Halliday (R) 18

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Dillon Saves Fuel, Wins XFINITY Thriller

At Fontana
Saturday, March 19, 2016

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Austin Dillon
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Seconds after crossing the finish line .715 seconds ahead of runner-up Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon summed up Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 by Janssen in one short sentence.

"I'd rather be lucky than good," Dillon chortled on his team radio after ending evading Busch's last-ditch attempt to pinch the winning No. 2 Chevrolet into the outside wall at Auto Club Speedway.

And that was just the final stanza of a crazy final lap that saw: 1) Busch slow to a crawl, short on fuel; 2) Daniel Suárez take the lead from his Joe Gibbs racing teammate on the backstretch, only to run out of fuel; 3) Busch regain the lead despite cutting a left front tire on his final lap; and 4) Dillon come from a half-lap down to pass Busch as the drivers approached the finish line.

Dillon led only one lap, but it was the lap that counted.

"Well, I just had to stay focused," said Dillon, who did a masterful job of saving fuel in snapping Busch's three-race winning streak. "(My team) said (Busch) had a flat. I was worried about our fuel and stayed focused on that the whole time.

"He tried to screw me right there at the end, but it didn't work out for him, did it? I'm proud of these guys. Man, that was fun. I didn't think we had a car to do that, and we didn't, but we did what we had to do to win the race…

"Sometimes things just go your way, and today they definitely did."

Busch, on the other hand, led 133 of the 150 laps and appeared destined to tie Sam Ard's record of four victories in as many consecutive races. In fact, Joe Gibbs Racing seemed headed for its third straight 1-2-3 finish before Erik Jones ran out of fuel on the next-to-last lap, Daniel Suárez emptied his tank a lap later, and Busch cut his tire after taking the white flag.

The victory was Dillon's first of the season, first at the two-mile track and seventh of his career.

Darrell Wallace Jr. finished third, and Suárez limped across the finish line in fourth place, maintaining a 10-point lead over fifth-place finisher Elliott Sadler in the series standings. Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan, Kyle Larson, Brandon Jones and Justin Allgaier completed the top 10.

Second with two laps left, Jones came home 15th, one lap down.

After pit stops under caution on Lap 101, Suárez came up a half-lap short of his elusive first victory.

"In the whole run we were saving fuel," Suárez said. "I knew that we were one to one-and-a-half laps short. I was saving fuel. I wasn't worrying about the 20 (Jones) or 18 (Busch). I was just trying to finish the race, because I knew that we were short. I knew that the 20 was a little bit shorter than us and eventually he ran out. When he ran out I started saving more because I knew that I had more fuel than him, but not a lot.

"I was just trying to save as much as I can. I passed the 18 when he blew the left front tire in (Turns) 1 and 2, and on the exit of 2 I ran out of fuel, and on the exit of four the 2 (Dillon) and the 18 passed me back. Very unfortunate, but it's part of racing. I really think that our first victory is coming and hopefully we can get it very soon."

The pole winner for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX), Dillon will try to complete a career-first weekend sweep in the Auto Club 400.

RACE RESULTS

 

Pos.#DriverMakeStartLapsLedStausPoints
12Austin Dillon Chevy61501Running0
218Kyle Busch Toyota3150133Running0
36Darrell Wallace Jr Ford131500Running38
419Daniel Suarez Toyota11504Running38
51Elliott Sadler Chevy51500Running36
688Kevin Harvick Chevy171500Running0
762Brendan Gaughan Chevy151502Running35
842Kyle Larson Chevy41505Running0
933Brandon Jones Chevy141500Running32
107Justin Allgaier Chevy201500Running31
1198Aric Almirola Ford161503Running0
1211Blake Koch Chevy81500Running29
1348Brennan Poole Chevy91490Running28
1416Ryan Reed Ford101490Running27
1520Erik Jones Toyota21490Running26
1643Jeb Burton Ford71490Running25
173Ty Dillon Chevy121490Running24
1824Corey Lajoie Toyota321490Running23
194Ross Chastain Chevy191490Running22
2022Ryan Blaney Ford111480Running0
2151Jeremy Clements Chevy181480Running20
2228Dakoda Armstrong Toyota211480Running19
230Garrett Smithley Chevy271480Running18
2421Spencer Gallagher Chevy261480Running0
2501Ryan Preece Chevy241481Running17
2690Mario Gosselin Chevy351470Running15
2714J.J. Yeley Toyota251470Running14
2852Joey Gase Chevy311450Running13
2939Ryan Sieg Chevy231450Running12
3015Todd Peck Ford391410Running11
3125Cody Ware Chevy401400Running10
3274Mike Harmon Dodge381390Running9
3378B J McLeod Ford37950Engine8
3470Derrike Cope Chevy34890Engine7
3597Harrison Rhodes Chevy36840Engine6
3693Dylan Lupton Chevy22560Accident5
3707Ray Black Jr Chevy33440Accident4
3844David Starr Toyota29300Engine3
3940Josh Wise Toyota28181Vibration0
4010Matt DiBenedetto Toyota3020Brakes0


 

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