Ty Dillon leaves confrontation behind, dominates Texas truck race

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Ty Dillon left behind all the distractions of his controversial run-in a week ago, not to mention his competitors, and just ran, breezing around the oval of Texas Motor Speedway with what was clearly the best truck Friday.

Dillon earned his first victory in Fort Worth in his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at TMS by dominating, leaving the rest of the WinStar World Casino 350 field in the distance and finishing 2.6 seconds ahead of runner-up Johnny Sauter.

Dillon led 130 of 147 laps.

“We’ve gone through a lot this week,” said Dillon, who earned a perfect 150 driver rating while claiming his fifth top-10 finish at TMS. “I think today, everyone saw what can happen when we put a full race together.”

Dillon escaped the demons of his on-track confrontation with Kevin Harvick at Martinsville and also claimed the $53,960 winner’s check.

At Martinsville, Dillon repeatedly and angrily slammed into the back of Harvick.

Dillon and Harvick escaped punishment, but NASCAR officials hit one crew member with an indefinite suspension for throwing a hammer at Harvick’s truck, and crew chief Marcus Richmond was fined $10,000.

“It means a lot to give us a clean sheet and give us something new to talk about and think about,” Dillon said.

Matt Crafton retained his series lead in the point standings with another top-10 finish, his 18th of 2013.

All he needs to do is finish 18th in the last two races to claim the title.

Texan James Buescher, a Plano native and defending series champion who led two laps, remained in second — 46 points behind — after coming in sixth.

Dillon remained in third, 47 points back.

The No. 3 truck on Friday left the 21-year-old and his crew living with a little regret. Crew chief Marcus Richmond called his team’s trucks “flawless” week in and week out.

“We should have a couple more of these,” Dillon said. “It’s been a frustrating year. I wasn’t going to lose this race. I’ve let too many go this year.”

Dillon had to battle back from getting beat on a restart on Lap 107 and falling behind Ryan Blaney and Buescher.

Dillon regained the lead 10 laps later.

“We were battling some great trucks there for sure,” said Dillon, whose brother, Austin, leads the Nationwide Series standings. “They put a monkey wrench in my program; I wanted to lead every single lap.

“I was determined to get around them.”

Pole-sitter Jeb Burton, who won here in June, ran behind throughout and left the track out of gas. He finished 26th.

“We’ve won here before and I was running a harder, faster pace than I ever have,” said Sauter, who collected his fifth top-five finish at TMS. “So [Dillon’s] truck must have been phenomenal.”

The victory also marked the 100th for the legendary No. 3 at Richard Childress Racing. Most of those wins came with Dale Earnhardt Sr. behind the wheel.

“It’s great to have my grandson to win the 100th race with the No. 3,” Richard Childress said. “It’s very special. It’s a night I’ll remember for a long time.

“I know Dale Earnhardt is smiling down tonight.”

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