Dixon emerging as new title rival for Castroneves (VIDEO)

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With the Honda Indy Toronto in the books, Helio Castroneves continues to lead the IZOD IndyCar Series championship. But his rear view mirrors are starting to fill up with the “Target red” of Scott Dixon.

And that’s the main focus for “The Iceman,” who now sits just 29 points behind Castroneves after completing a weekend sweep at Exhibition Place this afternoon. When NBC Sports Network’s Kevin Lee mentioned the $100,000 bonus he’d won for taking both races in the doubleheader, Dixon instead talked about the bigger picture.

“One hundred grand is good, but I’d rather take the points,” said Dixon after his third consecutive triumph in an eight-day span. “The points are what we’re here for…We’ll narrow it down and try to go for [the championship].”

Dixon has the momentum, and it bears noting that the next IndyCar race is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 4, 3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network), where he is the two-time defending race champion and a four-time winner in his career.

And that could mean trouble for Castroneves, who had a relatively strong weekend in Toronto with a sixth-place finish on Saturday and a runner-up finish today. Even so, he couldn’t help but marvel at Dixon’s brilliance.

“[Dixon] was in another league,” Castroneves said to NBCSN. “I was pushing as hard as I could and I had a very good car, don’t get me wrong. But…Whatever he’s having for breakfast, I want it. Man, that was something.”

Castroneves had one final chance to get past Dixon on the last restart of the day with two laps to go but was unable to pull it off.

“I only had one “push to pass” [overtake] and I was trying to be smart with using the push-to-pass to keep up with Scott,” he said. “I was going for it, but in the end, it was really hard and Scott was smart. He’s not a rookie. We gotta work but we’re very happy with a good second-place.”

Meanwhile, the Toronto troubles continued for Ryan Hunter-Reay, who fell to third in the championship after contact with Will Power on that particular restart sent him into the wall near Turn 1. As a result of his 19th place finish, RHR is now 69 points behind Castroneves in the title race.

Three events ago, he had been just nine points behind him.

“Will was coming out from the bottom and I had a good run around the outside and I was right next to him,” Hunter-Reay told NBCSN. “He was sliding across and when I talked to him in the [medical car] that took us back, he said he got loose on the bottom and he just drove right up into us.

“There’s two lanes going through there and everybody kind of respects that. I don’t think he drove into me on purpose, but it took us out of the race.”

Dakar Rally: Overall rankings starting to tighten up after Stage 10, 4 stages remain

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Competitors in the 40th Dakar Rally were back on-track and on-course Tuesday for Stage 10 after Monday’s Stage 9 cancellation due to weather and impassable track conditions.

Stage 10 went from Salta, Argentina to Belen, Argentina.

Four stages remain to be completed in the 14-stage event, all in Argentina.

Here’s recaps of the top three classes: Bikes, Cars and Trucks, as well as statistics for both Quads and UTVs:

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BIKES

What a disastrous round it was for several riders in the category.

Toby Price and several other top riders, including American Ricky Brabec, got lost in a river bed and cost themselves significant time, not to mention positions in the stage and overall.

Stage 8 leader Adrian Van Beveren joined the growing list of riders that were eliminated after crashing three kilometers from the end of the stage.

Beveren was airlifted out after complaining of grogginess that likely was a result of a concussion. But that wasn’t the worst of it: he suffered a broken collarbone as well as chest and back injuries and was hospitalized, ending his 2018 Rally.

The mishaps to Beveren and Price, among others, allowed Austria’s Matthias Walkner to take over the category lead over Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla.

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CARS

France’s Stephane Peterhansel continued his winning ways, capturing yet another stage triumph.

But Spain’s Carlos Sainz remains in the overall lead with a 50-minute edge over Peterhansel with four stages remaining in the Rally, which ends Saturday.

Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah once again suffered misfortune when the rear suspension on his car broke late in the stage.

Al-Attiyah was closing in on Peterhansel, just 2 minutes behind, when the part broke and he limped to the finish nearly 30 minutes behind Peterhansel.

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TRUCKS

The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten is proving to be a surprisingly strong contender, capturing the win in Stage 10 to improve to fourth in the overall rankings.

Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold a nearly 25-minute lead in the overall rankings over Argentina’s Federico Villagra, who finished second in Tuesday’s stage.

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WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

Stage 11 takes place Wednesday, going from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.

After that, only three stages remain in the 2018 Rally.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions

MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

MORE: Stage 7 wrapup

MORE: Stage 6 wrapup

MORE: Stage 5 wrapup

MORE: Stage 4 wrapup

MORE: Stage 3 wrapup

MORE: Stage 2 wrapup

MORE: Stage 1 wrapup

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STAGE 10 RESULTS:

CARS

  • France’s Stephane Peterhansel, Peugeot, 4:43:46
  • South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, Toyota, 4:52:32
  • Spain’s Carlos Sainz, Peugeot, 4:56:53
  • UAE’s Khalid Al Qassimi, Peugeot, 5:02:57
  • The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke, Toyota, 5:06:08

OVERALL RANKINGS

  • Spain’s Carlos Sainz
  • France’s Stephane Peterhansel, 50:35 behind
  • Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, 1:12:46 behind
  • The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke, 1:22:15 behind
  • South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, 1:22:48 behind

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MOTORCYCLES

  • Austria’s Matthias Walkner, KTM, 4:52:26
  • Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla, Husqvarna, 5:04:01
  • Spain’s Gerard Farres, KTM, 5:08:47
  • Spain’s Oriol Mena, Hero Speed Brain, 5:13:11
  • Spain’s Juan Pedrero Garcia, Sherco, 5:13:50

AMERICAN RIDERS

  •    8th: Andrew Short, Husqvarna, 5:16:39
  •    9th: Mark Samuels, Honda, 5:17:16
  •    25th: Ricky Brabec, Honda, 5:48:39
  •    29th: Shane Esposito, KTM, 5:57:01
  •    73rd: Bill Conger, Husqvarna, 8:21:37

OVERALL RANKINGS

  • Austria’s Matthias Walkner
  • Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort, 39:42 behind
  • Argentina’s Kevin Benevides, 41:23 behind
  • Spain’s Gerard Farres, 47:46 behind
  • Australia’s Toby Price, 50:18 behind

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TRUCKS

  • Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten, Iveco, 5:31:49
  • Argentina’s Federico Villagra, Iveco, 5:32:22
  • Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich, Maz, 5:42:58
  • Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, Kamaz, 5:54:03
  • Russia’s Airat Mardeev, Kamaz, 5:56:23

OVERALL 

  • Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev
  • Argentina’s Federico Villagra, 24:44 behind
  • Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich, 3:48:30 behind
  • Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten, 4:08:54 behind
  • Russia’s Airat Mardeev, 4:25:40 behind

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QUADS

  • Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso, Yamaha, 6:35:26
  • Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli, Yamaha, 6:37:32
  • Chile’s Ignacia Casale, Yamaha, 6:41:49
  • Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Shilov, Yamaha, 6:45:44
  • Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros, Yamaha, 6:51:25

OVERALL

  • Chile’s Ignacio Casale
  • Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli, 1:41:03 behind
  • Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso, 1:42:56 behind
  • France’s Alex Dutrie, 3:27:52 behind
  • Peru’s Alexis Hernandez, 3:35:47 behind

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SxS UTV

  • France’s Patricie Garrouste, Polaris, 6:37:07
  • Peru’s Juan Carlos Uribe Ramos, Can-Am, 7:46:37
  • Spain’s Jose Pena Campos, Polaris, 8:09:07
  • Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela, Can-Am, 8:21:22
  • France’s Claude Fournier, Polaris, 8:52:59

OVERALL 

  • Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela
  • France’s Patricie Garroueste, 48:12 behind
  • Peru’s Juan Uribe Ramos, 59:46 behind
  • Spain’s Jose Pena Campos, 7:58:35 behind
  • France’s Claude Fournier, 8:11:00 behind