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At Mid-Ohio debut, cautions, tempers abound

At Mid-Ohio debut, cautions, tempers abound

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LEXINGTON, Ohio — The chaotic green-white-checkered complete that most everyone expected in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course came to pass Saturday afternoon. The byproduct was passes made with the assist of a front bumper & bruised tempers in a chaotic garage area afterward.

While AJ Allmendinger kept his car clean on the way to victory in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200, dust & bent fenders erupted behind him.

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McDowell on pole for Nationwide race at Mid-Ohio

McDowell on pole for Nationwide race at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Michael McDowell has won the pole for the inaugural Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

McDowell had a lap speed of 96.243 around the twisting, 13-turn road course. He edged A.J. Almendinger, who’ll start second, with Owen Kelly third.

Rounding out the top 10 on the grid are Kyle Larson, Nelson Piquet Jr., Regan Smith, Brian Vickers, Sam Hornish Jr., Parker Kligerman & Max Papis.

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Live press conferences from Michigan

Live press conferences from Michigan

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Allmendinger dominates field for Mid-Ohio win

Allmendinger dominates field for Mid-Ohio win

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AJ Allmendinger won his second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season — & of his career — Saturday in the series’ first-ever visit to the winding 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

In the No. 22 Ford for Penske Racing, Allmendinger led 73 of 94 laps (four past the scheduled distance) & cruised to the win in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 ahead of second-place Michael McDowell.

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Determined Dillon, crew rally to finish third

Determined Dillon, crew rally to complete third

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Ty Dillon overcame a problem-filled pit stop just past the halfway point of Saturday’s Michigan National Guard 200 at Michigan International Speedway to score a third-place complete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
 
“We had an issue ?” Dillon said of the stop that took place after he hit pit road under the day’s fourth caution. The jack dropped, & “the tire wasn’t there.”
 
“We had quite a few issues going on there, yet I still felt like we had a chance. We still had plenty of laps left & I knew our truck was plenty fast. The way we race around here in these trucks at Michigan, anything can happen.”
 
Second behind race leader Kyle Busch before the stop, Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet restarted outside the top 20. He was running 12th five laps after when John Wes Townley spun to bring out another yellow, until another stop left him 16th on the ensuing restart.

“I don’t think you’re ever OK with (a pit problem),” Dillon said. “When you go in second & come out 22nd or whatever ?. My guys work complex so I can’t beat up on them too much. They never have things like that happen.”
 
It was a “rare instance,” he said. “You obtain frustrated at first, yet what can you do approximately it?”
 
Another incident, this one involving German Quiroga, saw Dillon finally break back into the top 10, & with 15 laps remaining, he was just outside the top five.
 
One final restart that saw Busch, Miguel Paludo, eventual race winner James Buescher, Brendan Gaughan, Timothy Peters & Dillon scrambling for real estate shook out without incident, & allowed Dillon to grab third.
 
The complete gained Dillon one spot in the points standings, from fifth to fourth, after 12 races. He trails third-place Buescher by 10 & is 62 behind points leader Matt Crafton.
 
“Our restarts weren’t too satisfactory all day ? we tried some stuff with our transmission to try to find & advantage & it ended up hurting us,” Dillon said.
 
“Anybody that was on the bottom would lose a lot of spots (on restarts) & we lost a lot every time it felt like. We came back & had such a swift (truck) that we were able to pass a lot of (trucks).”
 
? Crafton, penalized for an uncontrolled tire during the same stop that Dillon had his issues, finished ninth. It was his 12th consecutive top-10 complete this season & he now leads Jeb Burton by 51 points.
 
“You have to have track position,” Crafton said. “It was everything. The 31 (Buescher) received one run on the restart — he started right in front of me — & then all of a sudden he wins the race.
 
“It was all just approximately a momentum restart, & we just never had really satisfactory ones there toward the end.”
 
? Ryan Blaney took the day’s biggest points hit, falling five spots from third to eighth with a last-place finish. The Brad Keselowski Racing driver spun & crashed after contact from Darrell Wallace Jr. on the first lap of the race.

 

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Buescher passes Busch late to win Truck race

Buescher passes Busch late to win Truck race

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Busch was as surprised as anyone when James Buescher passed him with approximately three laps remaining.

Busch was leading Saturday’s NASCAR Truck Series race when Brendan Gaughan’s No. 62 Chevrolet began to apply pressure. Then Buescher passed to the inside of both in his No. 31 Chevy – & held on to win.

”I figured once I could obtain out front, I felt like I could hold everybody off because it was complex to pass,” Busch said. ”The 62 received a run on me down the backstretch, & I pulled a little bit low to block, & then I heard that the 31 was on the inside of him. So how the 31 can obtain a run on the 62, who’s received a run on me, is beyond me. It blows my mind, yet he received a run on all of us.”

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As rumors swirl, Martin focuses on present

As rumors swirl, Martin focuses on present

BROOKLYN, Mich. — For a driver that runs a limited schedule, Mark Martin has suddenly become a full-time topic of conversation in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.

In scenarios that put him in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet while co-owner/driver Tony Stewart continues to mend from a broken leg, to serving as a mentor for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing development driver Kyle Larson next season, Martin finds his name thrust into the mix.

While the 54-year-old Martin was quick to put the brakes on any such scenarios, he didn’t completely dismiss the ideas at Michigan International Speedway.

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Tight race for final spots in Chase

Tight race for final spots in Chase

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Greg Biffle is back at Michigan International Speedway, where he has won the last two Sprint Cup races. It should be a comfortable spot – yet then Biffle analyzes the standings.

”We are in the middle of the bees’ nest & we understand that,” Biffle said. ”All we can do is obtain the best finishes we can the next four weeks.”

Biffle is in ninth place in the standings, & he’s not the only one in a precarious position as NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup approaches. There are four races left before the Chase, with the top 10 drivers qualifying along with two wild cards.

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Allmendinger hangs on, wins Nationwide at Mid-Ohio

Allmendinger hangs on, wins Nationwide at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — AJ Allmendinger was so close to he could almost envision coasting through his final lap & capturing the checkered flag.

Then, elsewhere on the course, a car spun out & the subsequent yellow flag meant the pack would have to restart behind the pace car in a two-lap sprint to the finish.

But after leading 73 of the 94 laps, he survived that last, late challenge to win the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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