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Scott Dixon looks to increase points lead at Mid-Ohio, his most successful track

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Scott Dixon couldn’t have picked a better place for his 300th career Verizon IndyCar Series start if he had written the script himself.

Dixon will make his 300th start in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Mid-Ohio is Dixon’s most successful IndyCar track. In 13 starts (including two in CART and 11 in IndyCar), he has a career-high five wins (also the most there of any driver in IndyCar history), six podium finishes and two poles.

“Mid-Ohio is just one of those tracks where we have a feeling that if we get things right with the PNC Bank car, we always have a decent shot at winning,” Dixon said. “The track has been very special to not only myself, but to the team over the years.”

Dixon, who turned 38 this past Sunday, comes into this weekend’s race on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course as the IndyCar points leader, holding a 62-point edge over defending series champion Josef Newgarden and a 70-point margin over third-ranked Alexander Rossi.

“It’s funny, I haven’t really thought too much about the 300 starts,” Dixon said. “But it’s kind of cool it happens to land at Mid-Ohio where we’ve had some success. Does that mean I’m getting old? I’m not sure. Hopefully we can celebrate it by getting the PNC Bank car into victory lane on Sunday.”

Dixon is coming off a big win two weeks ago at Toronto, his third of the season, tying him with Josef Newgarden for most triumphs thus far in 2018.

It also was Dixon’s 44th career IndyCar victory, leaving him eight away from tying Mario Andretti for second on the IndyCar all-time wins list (A.J. Foyt is No. 1 with 67 wins).

With five races remaining, Dixon hopes to build on his past Mid-Ohio success to put additional room between himself, Newgarden, Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power heading into Pocono, Gateway, Portland and the season finale at Sonoma.

“(Mid-Ohio is) one of those rhythm tracks where if you get in a good groove, then things just take off if everything is working right,” Dixon said. “You can come from about anywhere to win here as we’ve seen in the past, but it’s a lot easier when you do it from the front, so a good qualifying run is always important on this style of track.”

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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