Brendan Gaughan claimed his second win of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season on Saturday night when the took the checkered flag waved on the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Gaughan took the lead for the final time after restarting in the second row with seven laps remaining in the 200-lap event and battling Richard Childress Racing teammates Ty Dillon and Brian Scott and JR Motorsports driver and Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott for the top spot.
“I’ve always loved my restarts,” Gaughan said.
Scott finished second and Dillon was third to give RCR a one-two-three finish. Dillon dominated the race, leading 155 laps.
“We had a dominant car,” Dillon said. “I hate it for my guys. It hurts; it hurts bad.”
Dillon started on the pole, but lost the lead to Gaughan on a restart that followed a lap-five caution. Gaughan lost that lead on pit road, though, during the next yellow flag on lap 24 with a four-tire strategy. After taking four, Gaughan restarted 14th, while other front-runners, led by Dillon, took only two. When the race returned to green, Dillon pulled away up front and Sam Hornish Jr. moved into second.
Elliott replaced Hornish up front soon after a restart that followed a lap 68 caution, but he was unable to keep up with Dillon when the race returned to green. Just past the halfway point of the race, Dillon had a five-second cushion on the rest of the field.
Scott got off pit road second to Dillon during another yellow flag on lap 114, but unlike Elliott before him, Scott didn’t allow his teammate to get as far out front. Scott, though, lost several positions on pit road when the yellow flag waved again with about 30 laps remaining.
“Track position was key the whole time. I felt like we were a first and second-place car the whole time,” Scott said. “We just got stuck back in traffic.”
Elliott restarted the race alongside Dillon on the front row and even took the lead just before another caution was displayed. Michael McDowell then got by Dillon for second when the race restarted, and Elliott and McDowell restarted first and second after another late-race restart, the final one of the race, with 14 laps to go. But the RCR freight train of Gaughan, Scott and Dillon got by both of them to take the top-three spots.
“We were at least able to get up front and give ourselves a chance,” Elliott said. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the job done.”
Elliott and JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith finished fourth and fifth, and another RCR driver, Cole Conley, was sixth, giving Chevrolet a sweep of the top-six. Finishing seventh through 10ther were Chris Buescher, McDowell, Justin Boston and Ross Chastain.