NASCAR: Austin Dillon to run “majority” of 2015 XFINITY Series season

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Austin Dillon’s 2015 calendar is now a lot busier.

Dillon, who just completed his inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in the famous No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, has been announced to run “a majority” of next year’s NASCAR XFINITY Series events for RCR along with his regular Cup duties.

For these XFINITY events, Dillon will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet and have Rheem Manufacturing Company serve as a sponsor; an exact number of races for the 2013 series champion was not announced by RCR.

Earlier this month, RCR announced that NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Brandon Jones would also run select XFINITY races in that same No. 33 machine.

Said Dillon in the release: “Rheem has a long tradition of reliability and quality in their industry with close to 90 years in the business. My family has a long tradition in NASCAR and we also have a tradition of reliability and performance. I enjoy racing in the XFINITY Series and will be proud to represent Rheem while contending for wins on Saturday afternoons in 2015.”

The move will have him teaming up more often with little brother Ty Dillon, who runs RCR’s full-time No. 3 XFINITY entry; Ty tweeted the following after today’s announcement:

Austin’s first year in the Cup Series saw him avoid any DNFs, but only collect one Top-5 finish – a fifth at Daytona in July. He was put in the shade by fellow freshman and Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson, who had Rookie of the Year honors locked up long before NASCAR made it official at Homestead a week ago.

With that in mind, perhaps RCR figures that getting Austin more track time on Saturdays in the XFINITY Series will help him earn stronger results on Sundays in the Cup Series. At first glance, a little extra seasoning wouldn’t seem to hurt for a young driver that’s still growing.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.