Dillon scooped up a jar of dirt near the finish line with the Eldora golden shovel and kissed the track to commemorate the win after crossing the finish line in the CarCash Mudsummer Classic. The jar of dirt, along with the winner’s trophy and the No. 39 truck will all be on display at the Hall of Fame for a limited time, complete with all the dirt, dents and scrapes Dillon accumulated while fending off Kyle Larson in heavy traffic to claim the win.
“We find great value in bringing these timely artifacts to our visitors and fans soon after this momentous type of history is made,” says NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. “It’s an honor that drivers and teams such as Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing are committed to supporting the Hall with such an incredible achievement that gives fans up-close and personal access to what made that victory so special.”
Richard Petty’s Grand National (now Sprint Cup) win at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in 1970 was the last dirt track victory on record.
“I think it is really cool Winston Kelley came over and we had to dig up some dirt for the Hall of Fame, Said Dillon after the race. “That’s very special. To win an inaugural race… I can’t say enough how much this win means to me.”
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