LOUDON, N.H. – A milestone event came symbolically full circle on the oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Camping World Truck Series action Saturday.
Austin Dillon scored victory in the 500th event in series history in the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Dillon’s grandfather, longtime NASCAR team owner Richard Childress fielded the truck for Mike Skinner which won the division’s inaugural event in February 1995.
It was the seventh career series victory for Dillon, a regular in the Sprint Cup Series driving for his grandfather’s team.
Dillon’s win Saturday was the first for his Truck Series team owner Maurice Gallagher.
Matt Crafton was second and Johnny Sauter third.
“It’s very special,” said Dillon, the 2011 Truck Series champion. “I owe a lot to the Truck Series for getting me to where I am today.
“I’ve had a lot of success qualifying, racing and winning in the Truck Series. It taught me a lot about how to race hard when you have to. It’s definitely a fun series to be in, and I’m thankful for it. Hopefully, we can have thousands of races in the Truck Series. I’ve enjoyed all of mine.”
Eddie MacDonald Of Rowley, Mass. won the Bond Auto ACT Invitational. It was the fourth time MacDonald has won the event in the seven years it has been run in Loudon.
Joey Polewarczyk of Hudson, N.H. was second and Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, N.H. third.
Woody Pitkat, making his first start in the event, was sixth. Dillon Moltz of Waterford was ninth.
Jeff Rocco of Wallingford, who started second and led in the early laps, ended up 26th in the 43 car field. Paul Charette of Woodstock was 27th. John Lowinski-Loh of Milford, Mass. was 31st.