- Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Austin Dillon), third (Kevin Harvick) and ninth (Elliott Sadler).
- Dillon leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Elliott Sadler by two points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish and Justin Allgaier.
- The No. 3 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 35 points shy of the No. 18 car's lead, with the No. 2 team third in the standings and the No. 33 team fourth.
- Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
- According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Dillon earned a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 and led the field in Loop Data categories for Average Running Position (1.095), Fastest Driver Early in a Run (171.077 mph), Fastest Laps Run (79), Fastest on Restarts (165.773 mph), Green Flag Speed (169.073 mph) and Laps Led (192).
- Dillon set the record for the most laps led in a Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway (192 laps), surpassing the previous record set by Carl Edwards in 2005 (150 laps).
- Dillon and Harvick were among six drivers who spent 100 percent of the race running in the top 15, while Sadler spent 98.5 percent of his laps in the top 15.
- Harvick held the second-highest running position, with an average running place of 3.710.
- Harvick maintained the third-highest Driver Rating (121.7) and also ranked third in Green Flag Speed (168.592 mph), Fastest on Restarts (163.435 mph) and Fastest Laps Run (31).
- Sadler earned his 11th top-10 finish through 15 races.
- Sadler tied for third in the Closers category, improving two positions in the last 10 percent of the race, and made 27 Quality Passes, which also tied him for third in that category.
- Dillon earned his first career Nationwide Series win and was followed to the finish line by Kurt Busch, Harvick, Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier.
- The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the Daytona 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, July 6. The 16th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Elliott Sadler Posts Top-10 Finish Under the Lights at Kentucky Speedway
Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team battled through a loose-handling condition to finish ninth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night at Kentucky Speedway. After starting the Feed the Children 300 from the 12th position, Sadler quickly relayed to the crew that the No. 2 Chevrolet lacked rear grip, a condition which would plagued the team throughout the 200-lap event. Crew chief Luke Lambert called for various chassis adjustments along with fresh tires and fuel during the team's routine pit stops under green-flag conditions throughout the event. Though the changes provided little relief for the Sadler, the Emporia, Va., native maintained his position near the top-10 for the majority of the event as the condition persisted. As long green-flag runs stretched out the field, Sadler was running in the 11th position on lap 105 when race leader Austin Dillon passed him, placing the OneMain Financial Chevrolet one lap down on the field. Sadler brought the No. 2 Chevrolet down pit road on lap 141 for a scheduled green-flag stop and the crew added four tires and fuel, but the caution flag waved as the OneMain Financial Chevrolet was still on pit road, placing Sadler two laps down to the leader. The team elected to take the wave-around, moving the No. 2 Chevrolet only one lap down in the 12th position on lap 148. As the race wound down, the Sadler and his Richard Childress Racing team continued to fight for every position and crossed the finish line in the ninth position, claiming their 11th top-10 finish of the season. Sadler now sits second in the Nationwide Series point standings, two points behind RCR teammate Austin Dillon.
Start - 12 Finish - 9 Laps Led - 0 Points - 2
ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE:
"It was a disappointing night for the No. 2 OneMain Financial team. I really fought the car all night with the lack of right rear grip, but our team never gave up, and we finished ninth. We are going to regroup this week before heading to Daytona International Speedway."
Austin Dillon, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Team Earn Career First Nationwide Series Win at Kentucky Speedway
In a dominating performance that culminated with his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win, Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team set a record for most laps led and lapped all but six competitors in the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Dillon earned a perfect driver rating of 150.0 and inherited control of the driver championship point standings for his efforts, which marked the first time a No. 3 entry has won in the Nationwide Series since Dale Earnhardt Jr. did so in July 2010. The 21-year old Dillon earned his second pole award of the season and third NASCAR pole in as many starts at Kentucky Speedway and led the 43-car field to the green flag for Friday night's 200-lap event under the lights. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender drove to a commanding lead from the start of the race, accruing more than seven seconds between himself and the second-place car during a long green-flag run. Although he was running up front, Dillon reported to Crew Chief Danny Stockman that the No. 3 machine handled on the loose side, especially during long runs. Routine pit stops under green-flag conditions throughout the event provided little relief for the driver but handling issues did not hinder Dillon's performance, as he continued to increase his lead. The field was grouped back together following a lap-141 pit stop under green-flag conditions in which the caution flag was displayed for debris on the racing surface just as Dillon was exiting pit road. Following the caution-flag period, Dillon led the field to the lap-150 restart and once again pulled away from his competitors, ultimately crossing the finish line 9.852 seconds ahead of Kurt Busch. With his win, Dillon took control of the 2012 Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by a slim, two-point margin over RCR teammate Elliott Sadler.
Start - 1 Finish - 1 Laps Led - 192 Points - 1
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
"What an amazing feeling to be at the front of the field and crossing the finish line at lap 200 for our team's first NASCAR Nationwide Series win. I'm so proud of the guys. We've been working really hard to get to Victory Lane in my rookie season and I feel like maybe now that we have that first win under us, additional victories will come easier. I've always said that Kentucky Speedway was one of my favorite tracks, and now it is even more so. I think the slick racing surface really suits my driving style and my dirt track racing background."
Kevin Harvick Finishes Third in NASCAR Nationwide Series Event at Kentucky Speedway
Start - 2 Finish - 3 Laps Led - 0 Owner Points - 4
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
"Man, we just got beat by our own car today. It always feels like a bad day when you don't win. It was great to see Austin (Dillon) get his first Nationwide Series win tonight, but it would have been even better to drive the Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet into Victory Lane and bring home a win for Ernie (Cope, crew chief) and the entire No. 33 RCR team, who worked so hard on this car."