During an off weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series took center stage at Nashville to battle it out for the coveted Gibson Guitar trophies.
When the Truck Series took to the track on Friday, past Kansas Speedway pole winner Austin Dillon led the field to the green. On lap 104, Dillon gambled on a two-tire call under caution when everyone else took four tires. After the stop, Johnny Sauter, who has a victory at Kansas Speedway, passed Dillon on the restart but Dillon took back the lead with 23 laps to go and drove to victory.
The win moved Richard Childress’ older grandson into second in the point standings, where he is currently 18 points behind leader Sauter.
Working on a signature victory celebration, Dillon will need to go back to the drawing board after the 21-year old driver messed up his victory slide into the infield grass. Dillon attempted a headfirst slide into the grass but his chest stuck in the turf, throwing his feet into the air above him.
“I’ve been planning that, kind of,” said Dillon. “I wanted to do something cool. I don’t know if that’s cool, though. I may have to get a massage this week. Somebody called me a scorpion, though. That’s pretty cool. It was fun. I just dove and laid there.”
Hopefully Dillon was taking notes Saturday when Carl Edwards, who arguably has the best post race victory celebration in NASCAR won the Nationwide race at Nashville. The Missouri native did his signature back flip and then went up in the stands to celebrate with fans
“I hope the other drivers will do that,” said Edwards. “To give some people high fives is the neatest part of the post-race.”
Edwards teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second and now trails point leader Reed Sorenson by five points.
Fans will have the opportunity to see NASCAR’s top drivers victory celebrations live at Kansas Speedway in October when NASCAR returns to the facility. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.RACE (7223). Parking is always free and guests may bring a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler into the grandstands filled with their favorite food and beverages.