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.

Former 5-time ALMS and Le Mans-winning team owner Dave Maraj killed in accident

Photo courtesy Dave Maraj Facebook page
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Well-known sports car team owner and automobile dealership owner Dave Maraj was killed Saturday night in a boating accident in Florida, according to SportsCar365.com.

Maraj’s Champion Racing teams won five consecutive American Le Mans Series championships from 2004 through 2008, and also captured the overall win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2005, the last American team to do so in the iconic sports car race.

IMSA President Scott Atherton released the following statement mourning Maraj’s passing:

Dave Maraj. Photo courtesy IMSA.

“All of us at IMSA are shocked and saddened by the news of Dave Maraj’s passing. As a team owner in the American Le Mans Series, Dave and his Champion Racing organization were the epitome of professionalism and excellence, as their five series championships and 24 Hours of Le Mans victory will attest.

“Dave was a tremendous competitor and a great friend to all in the paddock throughout his time in our sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family and friends and to all of his associates at Champion Motors.”

Maraj was a very successful automobile dealership owner, most notably Champion Motors and Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, Florida, the latter considered the No. 1 Porsche dealer in the U.S.

Details of how Maraj died have not been released.

Maraj sold his racing operation after the 2008 season and devoted himself to his Porsche and Audi auto dealerships, as well as competitive sailing.