Ty Dillon wins NASCAR Trucks race at Texas

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Ty Dillon brought home the 100th victory for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 across the three major NASCAR national series, leading 130 of 147 laps to take tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

After being caught in controversy one week ago at Martinsville Speedway with RCR Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick, Dillon was able to claim his second win of the season and the third of his NASCAR Trucks career. He dispatched Ryan Blaney on Lap 117 for the lead and never relinquished it for the remainder of the race.

Dillon, Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday Jr., Brendan Gaughan and Justin Lofton made up the Top 5, while Darrell Wallace Jr. followed up his historic win at Martinsville with a seventh-place finish.

Sprint Cup regulars Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch were expected to have a say in the outcome, but neither of them did. Keselowski brought out an early yellow after contact with another truck and lost a lap before finishing 21st. As for Busch, he wound up 28th after engine problems sidelined him.

Matt Crafton continued his march toward the NASCAR Trucks title with a 10th-place result. He now holds a 46-point edge over James Buescher (finished sixth) and can technically clinch the championship at the next race in Phoenix if that gap grows to at least 49 points.

Power, Newgarden, Dixon fastest in first of 2 IndyCar practices today at Barber Motorsports Park

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Will Power was fastest in Friday’s first of two IndyCar practice sessions at Barber Motorsports Park.

Power covered the 2.3-mile permanent road course in 1:07.5987 minutes at 122.488 mph in the 45-minute practice session.

Even though he spun off the course during his session, Phoenix winner Josef Newgarden still managed to be second-fastest (121.919 mph at 1:07.9141 minutes), followed by Scott Dixon (121.296 mph/1:082627), Max Chilton (121.251 mph/1:08.2882) and Ed Jones (121.215 mph/1:09.5692).

 

Sixth through 10th were Simon Pagenaud (121.208 mph/1:08.3122), Jordan King (121.113 mph/1:083661), Graham Rahal (121.059 mph/1:08.3964), St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais (121.029 mph/1:08.4131) and rookie Zach Veach (121.014 mph/1:08.4216).

Here’s the full speed chart:

Incidents:

* Early in the session, Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi ran off the track and into the grass, striking a small sign, but was able to get back on-track. However, Rossi was only able to complete 10 laps, relegating him to 20th-fastest in the 23-car field.

* Moments later, it appeared the rear brakes locked up on Newgarden heading into Turn 5, spinning him into the gravel trap. He was able to get going and returned to the pits for service and was back on-track with less than four minutes remaining in the session.

ALSO OF NOTE:

* The second practice session of the day will begin at 3:50 p.m. ET. A third practice will take part Saturday morning at 10:50 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET. The race, to be televised live Sunday on NBCSN, is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

* However, weather forecast does not look promising for Sunday’s race. As of 1 p.m. ET today, the forecast calls for 100 percent rain throughout the day.

* Dixon has had an incredible record at Barber Motorsports Park, with seven podium finishes in eight starts there. Except for one thing: he has yet to win a race there. But he does have five runner-up and two other third-place showings on the permanent road course.

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