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Dillon tops Hornish for Nationwide Series championship



Homestead, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Austin Dillon clinched the 2013 Nationwide Series championship by just three points over Sam Hornish Jr. after finishing 12th in Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Dillon, who came to Homestead with an eight-point lead over Hornish, struggled for most of this 300-mile race but hung on at the end to beat Hornish for the title. Hornish finished eighth.

Dillon is the 23-year-old grandson of NASCAR multi-team owner Richard Childress. He drives the No. 3 Chevrolet for Childress' Nationwide team, a car number made famous by the late seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt. Dillon became the third driver to win a championship in both the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series. His truck title came in 2011.

Brad Keselowski won the race. Keselowski, who drove the No. 48 car for Penske Racing, passed rookie Kyle Larson for the lead with three laps to go and then held off Larson at the finish by 1.1 seconds. He scored his seventh win in Nationwide this season.

Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Trevor Bayne.

Penske's No. 22 team won the Nationwide owner's championship, edging Joe Gibbs Racing' No. 54 team. Logano drove the No. 22 Ford to a sixth-place finish. Busch was behind the wheel of the No. 54 Toyota.

11/16 20:06:42 ET