Bubba Wallace still in the lead going into final 40-lap segment of MudSummer Classic at Eldora

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Darrell Wallace Jr. continues to lead after 110 laps (at the time of a second and final mandatory competition caution) in Wednesday night’s MudSummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.

Just one more segment remains, a 40-lap sprint to determine the race winner.

Wallace has led 62 laps after the first two segments.

Ron Hornaday Jr. was second, followed by Jeb Burton, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney.

Sixth through 10th were John Hunter Nemechek, Timothy Peters, Tyler Reddick, Ken Schrader and NCWTS points leader Matt Crafton.

Last year’s MudSummer Classic winner, Austin Dillon, is running 12th.

Pole-sitter Erik Jones has struggled with tires, brakes and body damage and is running 29th (next-to-last), six laps off the lead lap.

In one of the most controversial parts of the evening and in a battle for third place on Lap 83, Ty Dillon got into the rear of Kyle Larson and spun him.

But in a spectacular bit of driving, Larson collected his truck after the spin – tapping the left rear of Dillon’s truck for good measure as he drove by Larson, who managed to lose just two positions in the incident.

Likely due to the incident, Dillon suffered a cut left rear tire and was forced to pit a few laps later.

Then it got real interesting. When Dillon pitted, his crew added fuel, which was only allowed during the race’s two scheduled competition cautions after Laps 60 and 110.

Officials then ordered Dillon to come back onto pit row twice more on the next two laps after his original stop.

The first stop was to change the left side tires back to the original right rear and left front (essentially negating switching all four tires on the original stop).

The second stop was to put another pair of tires on the right side (to effectively take away any advantage gained by adding fuel).

Dillon went from third place coming onto pit road for the first time, to the only truck one lap down in 28th place. He moved up to 27th at the time of the second competition caution.

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Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.

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