Another big wreck in NNS race; Ty Dillon to likely take big hit in points

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CONCORD, N.C. – A second major wreck occurred in Friday night’s Drive For The Cure 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

At least six drivers were involved in this incident, which occurred on Lap 75 of the scheduled 200-lap event. An ESPN slow-motion replay made it appear that the Chevrolet Camaro of Ty Dillon was squeezed between Dakoda Armstrong and Eric McClure, triggering the bing-bang-boom pinball-like action.

From that point, three other drivers piled into the mayhem – David Starr, Ross Chastain and James Buescher – scattering debris across the track and prompting a red flag to clean up the debris.

However, Dillon said it wasn’t so much he got squeezed, but that he had a tire issue coupled with a mistake he made.

“I race with my heart on my sleeve every lap and I just go for it, that’s who I am,” Dillon said. “I made a mistake out there. I could have been smarter.”

Dillon came into the night ranked third in the NNS points. He’s likely going to take a big hit in the standings once the race is official.

The first major incident of the night, a 12-car wreck, occurred just a couple of seconds after the race began.

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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.