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Harding confirms Chaves for Gateway

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Earlier on Tuesday, Harding Racing confirmed that Gabby Chaves will return to the team as a driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (August 25, 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Chaves, the team’s regular driver, had competed with them in the first half of the season before the team enlisted Conor Daly for the Honda Indy Toronto, Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, and the ABC Supply 500 as they evaluate driver options for 2019.

“Really enthused and ready to get behind the wheel of the 88 car and be back with my guys,” said Chaves in a team announcement. “We’re ready to speed up our development and progression, and we’re more driven than ever to get some of the results we know are possible based on our results from last season. I’m also very excited to race at Gateway for the Bommarito 500 for the first time.”

Team president Brian Barnhart expressed gratitude toward Daly for his time with them and highlighted his enthusiasm for having Chaves back for Gateway.

“I first want to thank Conor for his contributions over the last couple of months and giving another perspective and feedback. We’re excited and happy to have Gabby back in the car as we head to St. Louis. And we’re looking to improve on our performance on the short oval form earlier in the year,” Barnhart explained.

Barnhart finished, “Gabby has done a fantastic job being a team player through the process that had Conor in the car and Colton testing in Portland. Hopefully we can show Gabby some improvements from the team standpoint when he rejoins us for the St. Louis weekend.”

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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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