High temperatures lead to driver dehydration in XFINITY Series race Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway saw high speeds and even higher temperatures. Race winner Kyle Busch along with Ty Dillon and Elliott Sadler were taken to the infield care center post-race, where the drivers were all treated and released. "It's a hot day," Sadler said, noting his air conditioning wasn't working for 80 percent of the race. "I got hot. With like 30 (laps) to go I was like, 'Man, this is a lot hotter than I've been in a race car in a long time.' I had to stick it out." A few drivers even took to Twitter to comment on the heat. Hot hot day but we rebounded nice with our @BassProShops @TeamChevy chipping away at the points lead. Not bad for blowing up in practicelap1 — Ty Dillon (@tydillon) July 25, 2015 Definitely hotter with this rules package https://t.co/EWz4Ztkmw3 — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) July 25, 2015
Brothers disagree on how much dirt-track racing NASCAR should have ROSSBURG, Ohio -- They're brothers, Austin and Ty Dillon , so of course they sometimes disagree. There were certainly a few differing opinions during an Abbott and Costello-esque joint media availability with the two drivers at Eldora Speedway in advance of Wednesday night's 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic. The mid-week race is the lone yearly foray onto dirt for one of NASCAR's three national series, and Wednesday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the half-mile, high-banked dirt oval owned by Tony Stewart is the third consecutive year the trucks stop in western Ohio. While some of the discussion between the brothers was humorous -- both considered themselves the favorite to win, with Austin asking Ty to go on the record and putting his recorded answer on Instagram -- there was a very real difference of opinion on a talking point throughout the NASCAR community. Should there be more races on dirt, and should the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and/or the NASCAR XFINITY Series be involved? "My opinion is, I think this event has gained so much exposure and has done such a good job for the Truck Series," Ty Dillon said. "I know everyone wants to see more dirt races throughout the series, but I think we need to keep it unique to the Truck Series. What it is now is an event everybody looks forward to, and I think if you start adding too many of them, you're going to kind of cloud the specialness of the event. "And I think this is a prestigious event -- at least it is to me and the folks in the dirt world. You start adding more to the schedule, it takes a little bit away from it for me personally." It took less than three seconds for Ty's older brother to offer his retort and draw in Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage -- in town for the event, and hanging out in the media center -- into his argument. "I disagree -- guess what, we're brothers," Austin Dillon said with a chuckle. "I don't know, I like these races and I think they're fun. We've got a guy in the back (Gossage) who could make it happen if we wanted a dirt race in Texas. "It brings something new to our sport, changes it up and brings new fans who are curious to see what it's like. And it's good racing. Look at the highlights of the last two years racing here and you could probably put that in any highlight reel that NASCAR's had in the last 10 years." MORE: Ty makes light of Keselowski's asphalt background Austin Dillon won the inaugural event in 2013, with Darrell Wallace Jr . taking top honors in 2014 after outlasting Kyle Larson ; Ty Dillon finished fifth last year. The 2013 victory for Austin Dillon , who drives the No. 3 Chevrolet full time in the Sprint Cup Series, came at NASCAR's first national series event at a dirt track since 1970, when Richard Petty won at North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Austin and Ty may disagree on NASCAR's dirt future, but there was one resounding theme in which there was harmony between the two -- and everyone in the garage area Wednesday agree. "This event is very special," Austin Dillon said. "I think it's awesome to see a dirt track develop like this. I'm really thankful for what Tony (Stewart) is doing here." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Elliott Sadler and Ty Dillon discuss the just how hot it was in Indy and how that effected the drivers in the Lilly Diabetes 250.
Ty Dillon pokes fun at Brad Keselowski's lack of experience on dirt tracks as the two prepare to race in the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway.
Get the content from the wild wreck at Daytona to future safety measures July 5: Austin Dillon crashes at the Coke Zero 400 The dramatic final lap in the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola ended with a dangerous wreck involving Austin Dillon . The No. 3 was caught in a massive multi-car accident just after the field was taking the checkered flag. Dillon , surprisingly, walked away just fine but said he was prepared to "be really sore.'' " Read the full story July 5: Austin Dillon in his own words on Daytona crash After much talk about Dillon ’s wreck at Daytona, he finally was able to give a firsthand account of the accident and let everyone know that he was going to be just fine, physically and mentally. Austin was more concerned about the fans in the stands who were affected by the wreck. " Read the full story July 5: Daytona president responds to wreck: 'The fence worked' Daytona International Speedway president, Joie Chitwood III, told reporters that following the Austin Dillon wreck, 13 spectators had to be seen by medical personnel. Chitwood said that, in terms of safety procedures, "we'll learn from it, we'll analyze it, and we'll round up our engineering team and see if there's any additional things we can learn to get better the next time." " Read the full story July 6: Johnson: 'I'm shocked [he's] even alive' See Jimmie Johnson talk about being surprised Austin Dillon wasn’t seriously injured during a big wreck at Daytona. " Watch the video July 6: Drivers react to dramatic wreck in Daytona finish Watch Denny Hamlin , Jimmie Johnson and Landon Cassill talk about the big crash on the final lap of the Coke Zero 400 . " Watch their reactions July 6: France responds to Daytona wreck: 'Working to make racing safer and better' Brian France spoke to SiriusXM Radio the Monday following the Daytona wreck stating that NASCAR is taking all precautionary measures possible. He said that NASCAR is working on solutions to avoid similar crashes in the future, at the organization's R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina. " Read the full story July 6: Ives breaks down moments after Dillon's wreck See exclusive footage of Austin Dillon ’s scary crash and listen to Greg Ives break down the moments following, as as the No. 88 crew rushed to the No. 3 car's aid. " Watch his interview July 7: Ty Dillon 's reaction to his brother's wild wreck Austin Dillon discusses his brother, Ty ’s, reaction to the last-lap wreck at Daytona. " Hear what he said July 7: Austin Dillon : 'You feel like Superman' Two days after the crash, Austin Dillon said that he was holding up well and feeling good. He said that he had seen the video multiple times and seen the replays. "It’s a wicked crash," he said. " Read the full story July 7: No Bull: Dillion explains post-wreck gesture Austin Dillon had quite the grand entrance upon exiting his car after his emotional Daytona wreck and it left the public puzzled. He later explained his questionable gesture as a tribute to Lane Frost, who Dillon described as "one of the best bull riders of all time." " Read the full story July 7: O'Donnell: NASCAR looking at Dillon's car NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell appeared on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" and said that Dillon ’s car and parts were at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, where they were under investigation. " Read the full story July 8: Junior responds to Austin's crash: 'It's an awful feeling' Despite winning the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, Dale Earnhardt Jr . was more concerned about Austin Dillon than he was about celebrating in Vctory Lane. Junior admitted to being on the verge of tears the night of the wreck and wanted to make sure that everyone affected was OK. " Read the full story July 8: 88 crew recalls frenzy to check on Dillon Not only was Dale Earnhardt Jr . preoccupied with making sure that Austin was OK after the wreck but the entire No. 88 team was, as well. Junior’s team didn’t hold the typical post-race win celebration, but reacted with concern and worried emotions. " Read the full story
Early scrape doesn't slow No. 33 Chevy, which leads 1-2-3 RCR sweep RELATED: Practice 1 results " Final practice results Austin Dillon recovered from a brush from the wall in opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice to top the final practice leaderboard Friday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dillon drove his freshly repaired Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a best lap of 130.707 mph on the 1.058-mile track. He'll be aiming for his fourth XFINITY victory of the season in Saturday's Lakes Region 200 (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM). Childress Chevrolets swept the top three in the 85-minute session. Brendan Gaughan landed the second-fastest lap at 129.498 mph in the No. 62 Chevy, and teammate Brian Scott was third-fastest (129.459 mph) in the No. 2 Camaro. Sprint Cup regulars Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski -- who collectively have won the last six XFINITY races at New Hampshire -- both secured spots in the top 10 on the leaderboard. Busch -- an XFINITY winner at the Loudon, N.H., track from 2009-11 and 2013 -- was fifth-fastest in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota. Keselowski, the 2012 and defending race winner, was seventh-best in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford. Daniel Suarez landed the fourth-best spot with a late mock qualifying run in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. J.J. Yeley, who started first last weekend after a qualifying rainout at Kentucky Speedway, was sixth-fastest in the JGL Racing No. 28 Toyota. Defending series champion Chase Elliott piloted the JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet to the 11th-fastest lap. Series points leader Chris Buescher was 12th-fastest in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for an 11:15 a.m. ET start, to be televised on NBC Sports Network. Keselowski tops early New Hampshire practice Brad Keselowski roared to the fastest lap in Friday's first practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski, last week's XFINITY winner at Kentucky, posted a lap of 130.122 mph in the No. 22 Ford in preparation for Saturday's Lakes Region 200 (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM), the 17th of 33 races this season. His top time was a solid .273-seconds better than second-fastest Denny Hamlin , who ran 128.920 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota. Keselowski has prevailed in two of the last three XFINITY Series races on the 1.058-mile track. Kyle Busch , seventh-fastest in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota, has won four of the series' last six New Hampshire events. Ryan Sieg was third-fastest in the RSS Racing No. 39 Chevrolet. NASCAR Next products Ben Rhodes and Daniel Suarez were fourth and fifth respectively in the 55-minute session. Austin Dillon , a three-time winner in the XFINITY Series this year, posted the eighth-fastest lap but damaged the right side of his Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet after he scraped the outside wall at the exit of Turn 4. His brother, Ty Dillon , third in the XFINITY Series standings, also made contact later in the session but with less damage to his No. 3 Chevy. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
With new crew chief, RCR's No. 3 shows way on leaderboard RELATED: Practice 1 results " Final practice results Ty Dillon topped the leaderboard Friday afternoon in a lightly participated NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon wheeled the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet to a best lap of 179.978 mph on the 2.5-mile track. He'll enter Saturday night's Subway Firecracker 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) second in the series standings, but readying for his first race with new crew chief Nick Harrison. Mark Thompson and Derek White formed a two-car tandem draft late in the 55-minute session to take the second and third spots on the leaderboard in a pair of Dodges owned by White. The teammates posted identical speeds, each turning a lap at 179.579 mph. Joey Logano , driving the Team Penske No. 22 Ford, was fourth-fastest with Timmy Hill completing the top five. Defending race winner Kasey Kahne was seventh-fastest in the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet. Only 23 of the 44 drivers entered turned laps in final practice, with most making single-car runs. Many teams opted to sit out practice rather than risk a possible crash in a large aerodynamic pack. Only Thompson and White turned more than 10 laps. Coors Light Pole Qualifying to set the 40-car XFINITY Series field is scheduled Saturday at 2:35 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network). Ragan shows speed in opening XFINITY practice David Ragan scooted to the top of the NASCAR XFINITY Series leaderboard in opening practice Friday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway. Ragan rode an aerodynamic draft early in the 55-minute session, pushing the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota to a best lap of 190.573 mph on the 2.5-mile track. Ragan is scheduled to make his first XFINITY Series start of the season in Saturday night's Subway Firecracker 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). XFINITY rookie Darrell Wallace Jr . was second-fastest with a lap of 190.388 mph in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford. He was followed by Roush teammate Ryan Reed , the Daytona winner in February who drove the No. 16 to a best lap of 190.351 mph. Daniel Suarez and Brian Scott completed the top five Series points leader Chris Buescher was sixth-fastest in another Jack Roush-owned Ford. Defending XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott was 19th-fastest in the JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet. Defending race winner Kasey Kahne , a Sprint Cup regular in JRM's No. 88 Chevy, was ninth-fastest. A second 55-minute practice session is scheduled at 4 p.m. ET, to be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Austin Dillon discusses his brother, Ty's , reaction to the last-lap wreck at Daytona International Speedway.
XFINITY Series points leader discusses what he hopes the future holds NEWTON, Iowa – When Austin Dillon wrapped up his 2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship run, he'd run two full-time Camping World Truck seasons (winning a title in his second) another two at the XFINITY level and had a ride with the sport's most famous number – 3 – waiting for him in the Sprint Cup Series. Austin's brother, Ty , is well on his way to his own XFINITY Series championship – in his second campaign after two full-time seasons in the Truck Series, no less – as the points leader after the season's first nine races. Only difference is, with Richard Childress Racing 's three-car stable occupied by Austin, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard , there's no clear option for Ty to advance to. That doesn't mean Ty and his grandfather and RCR team owner, Richard Childress, aren't coming up with a plan. "We've definitely talked about (my Cup plans for 2016) and I think it's our goal," Ty said Saturday at Iowa Speedway , site of Sunday's 3M 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). "It's my goal and my grandfather and I have talked about it a lot, (running) in Cup next year. "Still working on things, but that's next year. I think if we win the championship this year, it'll make plans easier to come by." Coming off a championship certainly helped Austin's case, as he had big shoes to fill and doubters to quiet, stepping into a car that adorns the number Dale Earnhardt made famous. The only problem with Ty's plans for next year is that there's no obvious car to step into, famous or not. It's conceivable that the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet in which, RCR has an alliance with and the car that Ty has made his four Cup starts in over the past two years, could be transformed into a fourth Childress entry, but nothing has been said to indicate this. Expansion has been a trend the past two seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing going to four-car teams. JGR added a fourth team for the 2015 season to compete with other four-car stables in SHR and Hendrick Motorsports , but the organization has had some ups and downs in the early going since expanding to four cars. Either way, Ty is focusing on the task at hand. "We just have to focus on my job, and that's to win races," the 23-year-old driver said. "Hopefully sponsorship and everything will come together, but (running Cup in 2016) is our full intention." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Four drivers and fans have chances to win $100,000 MORE: How Dash 4 Cash works; enter now! CONCORD, N.C. -- Regan Smith said he didn't realize until Friday that Saturday's Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the qualifier for the NASCAR XFINITY Series' Dash 4 Cash Sweepstakes. But on Saturday in the driver's meeting he tapped Jason Burdett, crew chief of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, on the shoulder and said, "Hey, you know this is the Dash 4 Cash race and we need to be good today." The No. 7 remained steady and in the top 10 for the majority of the race, but what made Saturday good was a late pit stop that propelled Smith to a fourth-place finish, his best at Charlotte. Smith led a group of Dash 4 Cash qualifiers that included Darrell Wallace Jr . (fifth place), Daniel Suarez (sixth) and Ty Dillon (seventh) in a race won by Austin Dillon . The best finisher among the four in next week's Buckle Up presented by Click it or Ticket 200 at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX) will take home $100,000 and advance to the next round of the Dash 4 Cash. For Wallace, the fifth-place finish at Charlotte was a career best in his young XFINITY Series career and came on the heels of a sixth-place showing at Iowa. Wallace also finished sixth at Texas earlier this season, and the driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford said he's building some momentum. "This is a confidence booster for all of my guys," Wallace said. "We just have to clean up ourselves on pit road. That's been a struggle for us these last couple races, but we've been able to manage a couple spots on restarts and come away with our first top-five in the series. ... This is where we need to be. We're setting up ship for late in the season." As for the immediate future, Wallace said he needed to learn how to translate qualifying success at Dover International Speedway into a race win. In 2012, Wallace won the pole in the fall XFINITY race at Dover only to finish 12th. He also won a pole there in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the spring of 2013 but finished 10th. "Dover has been a very successful track for me," Wallace said. "It would be nice if (the Dash 4 Cash) paid for the pole there because I'm pretty good at qualifying there. I haven't got the finishes I wanted, but I'm excited to be in the XFINITY Series and part of the Dash 4 Cash Series, so I'm glad to be one of the four." Wallace and fellow rookie Suarez will mix it up with Smith and Dillon , who are veterans of the Dash 4 Cash battles -- with Dillon winning a Dash 4 Cash race last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . In addition to Dover and Indianapolis, the Dash 4 Cash will take place at Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway this year. Suarez, who qualified 19th for Saturday's race in Charlotte, charged through the field early and maintained a top-10 position for the second half of the race. Suarez's sixth-place finish in his first race at CMS was his fourth top 10 of the season. "We had a hard time in qualifying -- maybe one of my worst qualifying runs of the year at 19th," Suarez said. "All these guys, they don't know how to give up and that's something that is really good, and I'm learning to be just like that as well." And like Smith, Suarez was pleasantly surprised that Saturday marked the beginning of the Dash 4 Cash. "That's cool and something new actually," Suarez said. "I saw the Dash 4 Cash, and I don't know exactly how it works or anything, but I'm really proud to be part of this and something new for me." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule