PHOTOS: 2017 Coca-Cola 600 At Charlotte Motor Speedwayby Hunter Thomas May 31, 2017
CONCORD, N.C. – Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet returned to Victory Lane for the first time in 17 years on Sunday night after Austin Dillon won the 58th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Dillon ran competitively throughout the 400-lap race, but a it was a late-race fuel gamble that secured his first-ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. The last driver to win in the No. 3 car was Dale Earnhardt Sr. at Talladega Superspeedway in 2000. With the win, Dillon became the first North Carolina driver to win a points race at Charlotte Motor Speedway since Dale Jarrett did so in 1997.
Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Martin Truex Jr. who led a race high of 233 laps. Rounding out the top-five was Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin. Read More: Austin Dillon Pilots Iconic No. 3 To Victory Lane For The First Time Since 2000
Hunter Thomas, Camille Jones and Conan Gasque were at the track on Sunday covering the prestigious race. Check out the photos that Hunter took throughout the race.