ARCA: Dillon Wins 3 Amigos 250

Dillon Wins 3 Amigos 250

Ty Dillon finished a dramatic pass over Frank Kimmel late in the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway to win the 3 Amigos 250, adding another success to his blistering start in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The victory is Dillon’s first of 2011 and third in five career ARCA starts.

Dillon (No. 41 Xinergy/Richard Childress Racing Development Chevrolet) started on the pole, led 50 laps, and won by 0.038 second to become the 20th driver to win an ARCA Racing Series event at Talladega from the first position. As simple as that sounds, Dillon needed every last foot on the last of 94 laps around the 2.66-mile superspeedway to score the win.

Dillon pulled away at the drop of the green flag, and teammate Tim George Jr. jumped into the second spot almost right away to create a single-file line that stayed intact until Kyle Fowler dropped out of the third position with mechanical problems on Lap 14. Two laps later, Terry Jones’ engine expired, leaving a substantial cloud over the frontstretch and bringing out the race’s first caution.

With the yellow flag out, Dillon led a group of cars onto pit road, ceding the lead to Alabama native Grant Enfinger. Enfinger pitted from the lead on Lap 20 and gave the top spot to Dakoda Armstrong, who took his first ARCA win at Talladega last April. Dillon only need three laps to move in front of Armstrong, using a push from Brandon McReynolds and George, among others, to his advantage.

James Hylton hit the wall on Lap 28 to cause the race’s second caution, and Dillon again led the field to the green flag on Lap 34. The top 13 drivers ran single-file off of the restart for several laps, but the back half of the pack decided at Lap 43 to work together and create an outside line with the intention of passing Dillon.

Chad McCumbee started the action by pushing Kimmel from just inside the top 10; the two had worked together throughout the day after starting 20th and 22nd, respectively, and falling back at the beginning of the season’s longest race.

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