Race Weekend Central

Austin Dillon Fastest in 2nd 2010 Too Tough to Tame 200 Practice at Darlington

Austin Dillon continues to be unfazed by the daunting task of racing Darlington Raceway for the first time in his career. For the second practice in a row he was at the top of the speed chart, the only driver to break the 169-mph barrier in both sessions. Dillon did a mock qualifying run at …

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Tracking the Trucks: 2010 AAA Insurance 200 at ORP

After nearly a year of waiting, Ron Hornaday Jr. returned to victory lane Friday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park. He took the lead for the final time with 48 laps remaining, then held on to beat Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by 2.095 seconds. Matt Crafton, his teammate Johnny Sauter and James Buescher rounded out the top five.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not Around the World of NASCAR

The big boys took this weekend off to prepare for the second half of the summer, but for a handful of drivers looking to fill their shoes someday, downtime is simply not an option. They’re all fighting to hold a job in this shrinking market, with one bad move sending them to the sidelines: just …

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Did You Notice? Reut Gone Wild, NASCAR Legacies & Saving the Summer

Did You Notice? How much has been made of David Reutimann’s upset win at Chicagoland Saturday night? From television to the tiniest column on the web, I can’t get away from it. Entire columns and segments of shows are now being devoted to whether he’ll make the Chase, as if the man has turned into …

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5 Points to Ponder: Elliott Sadler’s Time Has Passed, NASCAR’s Nationwide Inconsistency & 1 Talented Grandson

Sitting 27th in the points, Elliott Sadler is sitting fourth of four teams in the Richard Petty Motorsports stable. And while teammates AJ Allmendinger and Paul Menard are also outside the top 20 in the standings, it’s the way Sadler has limped to 27th that truly has the Virginia veteran the backmarker of the RPM fleet. He has no top-10 finishes, just four top 20s in 19 starts, and has been hardly competitive thus far in 2010 at any track sans Daytona.

Tracking the Trucks: 2010 Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa

After yet another month off and the threat of rain before the green flag, the Truck Series did not disappoint Sunday afternoon. Rookie Austin Dillon beat Johnny Sauter to the checkers by 0.635 seconds to win the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway. The driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet took the lead for the final time on lap 154 and held on through the final two cautions and a green-white-checkered finish. Matt Crafton, Ken Schrader and James Buescher rounded out the top five.

Tearing Apart the Trucks: Rookie Austin Dillon Up to Speed Quickly

It was almost a month ago when the Camping World Truck Series last took to the track at Michigan International Speedway. This weekend, they’re headed to Iowa Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200 on Sunday afternoon. The series first visited the 0.875-mile track last September, and Mike Skinner dominated, leading 180 of 200 laps after …

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Fan’s View: Austin Dillon Proving His Mettle

There’s a difference between attending a Sprint Cup and a K&N Pro East Series event. At the first, you will be able to identify all the players on the track. They’ve been around a while, and if you watch the haulers arrive, it’s a pretty uniform parade of glitzy paintjobs, polished chrome and heavy-duty machinery. …

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