Dillon Wins Truck Series Championship at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Austin Dillon played it safe and ended up
winning big.

Dillon, the 21-year-old grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard
Childress, finished 10th in the Truck Series finale at
Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night -- good enough to win the series championship.

Rookie of the year in the series a year ago, Dillon is the
youngest champion in series history. He also stands as one of
racing's up-and-coming drivers. He is scheduled to drive a full
schedule in NASCAR's Nationwide Series in 2012.

Johnny Sauter won the rain-shortened race, holding off Denny
Hamlin just before the final caution dropped. Sauter finished
second in points, just ahead of James Buescher.

The sky opened up with 15 laps remaining. NASCAR officials made
it official a few minutes later.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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