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SPARTA, Ky. Cheap Jerseys from china . -- Austin Dillon lived up to the legend of the No. 3 car, then had his victory called into question Friday night. No one had regularly driven the No. 3 car since Dale Earnhardts death on the track at the 2001 Daytona 500. On a warm night in the Bluegrass state, Dillon routed the field, only to have the car fail 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. "I love running the 3," Dillon said. "It pressures me every week to give 110 (per cent)." Roughly an hour after the trip to victory lane, the No. 3 failed the inspection for being too low in the rear. NASCAR announced it would issue a ruling early next week. Reached at the garage, Dillons crew chief, Danny Stockman, wiped sweat from his forehead as he left a meeting with officials. "Weve had an issue before. We addressed it in a meeting," Stockman said. "It should have been addressed. Thats the only comment Ive got." A similar situation took place earlier this season at Iowa where a car also failed a postrace inspection. The crew chief was fined $10,000 and six points were subtracted from the team. The No. 3, of course, was driven to fame by Earnhardt, who raced for the Richard Childress team. Childress is Dillons grandfather and also his team owner. As Dillon was clinching the win, his grandfather said over the radio, "Dale would have been proud of that." He added, "I couldnt be prouder as a grandfather and a team owner. I know Dales looking down smiling to see that 3 win tonight." It was the first Nationwide victory for Dillon, a rookie who captured the Truck Series title a year ago. "It takes a little off your back when you get that first win," Dillon said with a broad smile while wearing a white cowboy hat with his black -- what else? -- driving suit. Dillon had asked to drive the No. 3 car, which has made its only appearances since Earnhardts death with Dillon behind the wheel in the Truck Series -- and with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in three other races, including a victory at Daytona in the Nationwide event two years ago. Dillon has marked himself as one of the fastest rising drivers in the sport. Childress was careful in his reply when asked if he might ever back another team in the Sprint Cup -- the big leagues of stock car racing -- in car No. 3. "I dont plan on running the 3. Dale made that stylized 3 famous," he said. Then, with a grin, he added, "We dont have any intention of running that (stylized 3) in the Cup. That leaves an opening, doesnt it?" Dillon, a 22-year-old native of Lewisville, N.C., also tentatively took over the series lead with the victory. He came into the night just a point back of leader Elliott Sadler after seven top-five finishes: five fifths and two fourths. Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch was a distant second, 9.828 seconds back. Third went to another Cup driver and the No. 2 qualifier, Kevin Harvick, who was followed by Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier. "Austin Dillon, he was just in his own zip code," Busch said. "Congratulations to him. Its been nice to see him develop." Busch said he thought he had a car that could run down the pole-sitter, but that charge never materialized. "He was just too strong tonight," Busch said. "He just had that car dialed in. There was nothing we could do." Harvick, who took over Earnhardts Sprint Cup ride after Earnhardts death, said he admired what he had seen out of the young Dillon. "Im proud to see Austin and those guys get their first win," he said. "He works hard to make himself better and hes a good kid." Asked what he thought of seeing the No. 3 car returning to victory lane, Harvick said, "Im sure its important to Richard and his family. Richard started with the 3. He and Dale had a lot of success with the 3. So Im sure its important to them." The race was contested in ideal conditions after gusting winds earlier delayed qualifying for the Cup Series. Rounding out the top 10 were Sam Hornish Jr., Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sadler and James Buescher, who won the Truck Series race on Thursday night. Keselowski won the Nationwide event a year ago in Kentucky. The tributes to Dillon came from all quarters after the race. "I envy his first win," said Danica Patrick, who finished 12th. Childress beamed as he spoke of his relationship with Earnhardt and what might be for his grandson. "Austin has come so far," he said. "To watch him tonight, hes so patient. Youd think hes been racing a long time." Wholesale Jerseys . -- A smattering of boos cascaded down on the Green Bay Packers at the half, trailing by double digits on a bone-chilling afternoon at Lambeau Field. Cheap Jerseys . PAUL, Minn.ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Long out of playoff contention, the Carolina Hurricanes are determined to get something out of a lost season. Tim Brent and Brandon Sutter scored in a 48-second span of the third period and the Hurricanes rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Saturday. Drayson Bowman scored twice and added an assist for the first three-point game of his career, and Brian Boucher made 21 saves for his first win of the season. "Before Christmas, we werent finding ways to win and finding ways to lose," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "Now the team seems to find a way -- whether its a good game or not -- to find a tie or a win. We struggled today with a lot of stuff, but we found a way to win the game and thats whats important this time of the year." Muller mixed up his lines the first and second periods, trying more combinations during the game than at any point since being hired earlier this season. In the third period, things finally clicked. Trailing 3-2, Carolina quickly changed the direction of the game in the third. With the teams playing 4-on-4, Bowman made a perfect pass to Sutter for a breakaway. Sutter made a nice move and his backhander beat Matt Hackett on the stick side to tie it at 7:16. "Sutter has huge speed and it looked like he had their D-man in trouble there," Bowman said. "All I had to do was get it to him and he was gone. It was a great move." Less than a minute later, Tim Brent launched a shot from just inside the blue line that got past Hackett and gave the Hurricanes a 4-3 lead. The goal came just as a Minnesota penalty expired and took the life out of the Wild, who have found a way to lose a number of games late. "The message is pretty simple," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "We all have to hate losing a lot more than we do. You can never accept this. I dont care who weve got out of the lineup, you cannot accept this. ... Were in hell. Its not fun." Boucher, out of action since early December, is 1-4-1 this season. Boucher, a veteran who previously won 119 NHL games for six teams, missed 36 games earlier this season with a lower-body injury. "Its been a long time, it feels good to be back out there," Boucher said. "When you havent played, the game seems a bit fast for you. Its nice to get that game out of the way and get a win out of it is doubly nice. I said to (Carolinas top goalie Cam Ward), At least Im not going to get shut out in the wins category this year. I was running out of time." Bowmann got credit for Carolinas second goal at 17:14 of the second period that cut the lead to 3-2. jerseys from china. He passed the puck to Sutter in the slot, but the puck went off of the skate of Minnesotas Devin Setoguchi and into the net before Sutter could touch it. Bowman opened his second two-goal game of the season by picking off a bad pass from Clayton Stoner and firing the puck past Hackett at 1:02 of the first period. Minnesota, which has lost eight of nine games, was in control for much of the first two-plus periods. Nick Johnson gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead at 12:33 of the second period when he knocked his own rebound up and over Boucher. Three minutes later, Kyle Brodziak made a perfect centring pass to a streaking Erik Christensen -- who scored for the third time in three games -- and the Wild led 3-1. "We just gave it away, threw it away in the third," Brodziak said. "The desperation level wasnt at the level it needed to be. We turned too many pucks over. We just werent swarming them like we were in the first two periods. ... Everyone in here is sick of losing. Its not a fun feeling, getting booed in your own rink. We know we deserve it and weve got to find a way give fans something to cheer about." While the Minnesota players were disappointed about blowing the lead, the Hurricanes were happy with their resolve and their ability to win despite not playing their best. "We werent overly happy with where were at (after two periods)," Sutter said. "We had another level to go and this time of the year, its important to find that level, especially in the second half of games. Fortunately for us we were able come back and get that win." NOTES: Minnesota C Mikko Koivu was not activated despite practicing each of the past two days. The Wilds captain has now missed 14 games with a shoulder injury. ... Wild G Niklas Backstrom has missed seven with a groin injury. ... Muller started D Justin Faulk. Faulk was last on the Xcel Energy Center ice last April when he helped Minnesota-Duluth win the NCAA title. ... With three points, Brodziak tied his career high of 37 points in a season, set a year ago with Minnesota. He has five points in the past four games for the Wild. ... With a first-period fight, an assist and a goal, Sutter recorded his first "Gordie Howe hat trick" in the NHL. ... Tom Gilbert, acquired by the Wild from Edmonton at the trade deadline, had his second point for Minnesota with a first-period assist. He has two points in nine games. ' ' '

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