Dillon, Newman highlight solid night for RCR

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By Kristen Schneider, Staff Writer

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Richard Childress Racing brought home top-10 finishes after a night full of long runs and fuel strategy at Darlington Raceway.

Austin Dillon started in 13th and kept moving forward, chipping away throughout the night to settle within the top 10 with 50 to go. At that point, he and his team agreed to ride out the end without pitting.

The decision ended with a fourth-place finish, but the process was excruciating.

“It was like water torture on old tires; you have guys coming at high speeds, and you’re just trying to stay in front of them and not give up too much,” Dillon said, adding, “We did a good job just not missing our marks, and the car allowed me to do that. It was consistent all night.”

Newman lined up 17th and pulled off a seventh-place finish despite various pit road issues. Bad stops held “a pretty good car” back, but even one great stop led to another obstacle–track position.

“[We] just never got the track position that we needed for the short run to be able to show what we were capable of on the long run.”

Their teammate, Paul Menard, finished the event 15th.

Both Dillon and Newman are locked into the playoffs due to wins earlier this season. However, Dillon believes every ounce of momentum matters as the final 10 races loom.

“We’re hitting the stride at the right time,” Dillon said.

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