Dominant Dale Takes Home the Victory in the ToyotaCare 250

Earnhardt Jr. Nabs First Win in Car He Owns

Dale Jr. Wins NXS Race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 128 laps today in dominating fashion en route to victory.

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RICHMOND, Va. (April 23, 2016) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated the ToyotaCare 250 race at Richmond International Raceway en route to his first victory NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the ¾ mile racetrack since 2002.
 
Earnhardt led 128 laps, surviving two late race cautions and a hard-charging Ty Dillon in a Green-White-Checkered finish.
 
“In the first 20 laps there was a lot of guys as good maybe better than us,” Earnhardt said. “I think you was Ty (Dillon) was better than me on the last couple of laps. It was a good race and a good finish.”      
 
The first scheduled day race for the track since 1998 featured two 35 lap heat races and a 140 lap feature.
 
While Dillon came home second, he will still go home $100,000 richer, as he took home the XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash as the highest finishing eligible driver.
 
“You’re sure this is Richmond, right?” Dillion laughed. “This place has been really tough on me and my team as a whole. To finish second and run the way we did all day was just impressive.”
 
While the win is the 24th of Earnhardt’s career, it’s his first victory while driving a car he owns.
 
“I knew we had great cars at Richmond and that’s why I picked to run here,” Earnhardt said. “This was one of the races I asked if I could run, so I was lucky to just be able to drive our stuff here.”
 
Virginia native Elliott Sadler came home third. Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-five.
 
Cole Custer, in his XFINITY Series debut, finished sixth.
 
“It was just a great day for us,” Custer said.
 
Racing returns to Richmond International Raceway tomorrow for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
 
The race begins at 1:00 p.m.
 
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