NASCAR at Texas 2020 Results: Austin Dillon Clinches Playoff Spot with Win

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2020

Austin Dillon (3) drives during a NASCAR All-Star Open auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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It was a good day for Richard Childress Racing at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday.  

Teammates Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick finished first and second, respectively, at the Texas Motor Speedway. It was Dillon's third career victory, giving the Cup Series another surprise winner.


A green-white-checkered finish, and @AustinDillon3 WINS at @TXMotorSpeedway! https://t.co/TvrYF2x51b

As NASCAR noted, Dillon clinched a playoff spot with the result.

"Good strategy, good race cars, great race team and the good Lord above. Just stuck with it until the end..." Dillon said after the race, per PRN. "We're in the playoffs and the All-Star Race. We didn't make it last week and it hurt me pretty bad."


"Not bad for a silver spoon kid." A 1-2 finish for @RCRracing, as @AustinDillon3 WINS at @TXMotorSpeedway! https://t.co/BJtfI238At

Joey Logano, who finished third, said he was surprised he wasn't able to catch Dillon or Reddick down the stretch. 

Davey Segal @DaveyCenter

Third-place @joeylogano says he "could not believe" the two RCR cars held off the field at the end. "Tire is too good [...] it wears down to the chords and it does not slow down." Says once you get clean air, you can run your fastest laps of the day. https://t.co/Qf4bqjRhLH

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five. Ryan Blaney won the first two stages before dropping to seventh overall.


STAGE WINNER: @Blaney collects another #NASCARPlayoffs point with his second stage victory of the day at @TXMotorSpeedway. https://t.co/d9Pr0jcc3u

Last week's surprise was Cole Custer winning at the Kentucky Speedway. Like Dillon, he came from outside playoff positioning to secure a berth. Things didn't go so smoothly at Texas, however, as he finished 39th on Sunday after getting caught up in a multi-car crash.

"It's always one of the most humbling sports you can be a part of," he said on NBCSN broadcast.


Chaos at the front of the field! @KyleBusch, @MartinTruex_Jr and others are involved in this wreck at @TXMotorSpeedway. https://t.co/ZztTHQtLf0


Take another look at this multi-car crash at the beginning of the final stage in Texas. (📺: NBCSN) https://t.co/zf5RQ90DFe

That crash was a major one and also included Harvick, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Chris Buescher, Aric Almirola, Bubba Wallace, William Byron, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Preece.

Jimmie Johnson also had a tough day, finishing 26th overall after two separate penalties for crew violations and a run-in with the wall. 


The 4️⃣8️⃣ is in the wall! @JimmieJohnson makes contact with the fence coming off of the corner at @TXMotorSpeedway. https://t.co/DlJxQ0rtBO

Worse, Dillon's win will make qualifying for the playoffs even trickier for Johnson, who came into the day 15th in the standings. His final season before retirement is starting to feel a touch snakebitten. 

The Cup Series now shifts to the Kansas Speedway on Thursday for the Super Start Batteries 400 at 7:30 p.m. ET.