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Austin Dillon wins first N'wide race

Updated: June 30, 2012, 12:47 AM ET
Associated Press

SPARTA, Ky. -- No one had driven the No. 3 car since Dale Earnhardt's death on the track at the 2001 Daytona 500.

On a warm night in the Bluegrass state, Austin Dillon lived up to the legend, then had the victory called into question when the car failed its postrace inspection.

Dillon took the lead early and was on top for 192 of the 200 laps to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night.

"I love running the 3," Dillon said. "It pressures me every ...

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