NASCAR’s Austin Dillon to host 3-on-3 basketball tourney

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Austin Dillon drives … to the hoop.

Besides what he does on the racetrack, the Sprint Cup driver is also quite the basketball fan and player.

On Nov. 3, Dillon will bring together several celebrities from NASCAR, country music and other sports for a celebrity basketball tournament at High Point (N.C.) University.

The tourney will benefit the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. The 16-team, double-elimination tournament will start at 3 p.m., with the final game to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

Fans can bid in an auction sponsored by the Childress Institute for two roster spots on each team. Memorabilia will also be auctioned.

To take part in the auction, click here.

General admission tickets will go on sale sometime later this month.

Among celebrities expected to captain teams: NASCAR drivers Austin and Ty Dillon, NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan (who played college hoops at Georgetown University), motocross rider Ryan Dungey, MMA fighter Rashad Evans, country singers Colt Ford and Dustin Lynch, former NFL player D’hani Jones, WWE wrestler Mike Mizanin, DJ Dee Jay Silver, ESPN announcer Marty Smith and professional bull rider Sean Willingham.

For more information, click here.

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Chris Buscher still atop Xfinity standings after Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen

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With a strong third-place finish, Chris Buescher remains first in the Xfinity Series championship standings following Saturday’s Zippo 200 race at Watkins Glen.

Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon are now tied for second, 24 points behind Buescher. Elliott finished seventh in the race, while Dillon finished fifth.

MORE: Ty Dillon, Regan Smith scuffle, exchange fighting words after Xfinity race (VIDEOS)

Regan Smith, who tangled with Ty Dillon both in the race and in a shoving match after the event, said the outcome likely ended both his and Dillon’s chances to earn the championship.

“I guarantee, I might have lost the championship today, but he sure as hell did, too,” an incensed Smith said of Dillon. “There’s zero chance that 3 car (Dillon’s) wins this championship, and we’ll make sure of it.”

Here’s how the points look after Saturday’s race:

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Hamlin overcomes late tangle with Dillon to win Lakes Region 200 Xfinity race at Loudon

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Denny Hamlin battled back from an early single-car spin that dropped him from the lead to 29th place to rebound and win Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Hamlin started from the pole and led 145 of the 200 laps in the event. It was Hamlin’s 13th career win in the Xfinity Series and his second of the season in eight starts.

WATCH: Full replay of Lakes Region 200

“We had the best car, wow, what a day,” Hamlin told NBCSN.

Hamlin had late-race contact (Lap 179) with eventual runner-up Austin Dillon, who believed it was intentional.

“That wasn’t good racing,” Dillon said. “I hadn’t raced him all day. He was nervous or something. He got around me and just moved me up the track. He never wanted to race side-by-side with anybody. He wrecked his teammate in the beginning in the race.”

Dillon then made a vague reference about possible payback to Hamlin: “It’s all good. We’ve got plenty of races left. It’ll happen. I’ll get into him.”

Hamlin saw the incident otherwise.

“He jumped the restart, for one,” Hamlin said of Dillon. “I was eventually going to get back around him, anyway. I was a fender ahead, he drove in there knowing he was going to have to hold the position and I washed up into him.”

It was also Hamlin’s first Xfinity Series career win at the flat one-mile track.

Dillon finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez.

MORE: Final results of Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 Xfinity race

MORE: Xfinity Series: Chris Buescher maintains lead in tightened points battle

How Hamlin won: Hamlin had the most dominant car, plain and simple. That’s why was able to lead so many laps, as well as how he got around Austin Dillon after a late-race run-in between the two. Hamlin had never won an Xfinity race at New Hampshire before. Now he’s hoping for a weekend sweep, having two wins, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 18 Sprint Cup starts at NHMS.

Who else had a good race: Although he wasn’t happy with their late-race confrontation, Dillon had a strong run. Had there been maybe another five laps, he very possibly could have caught and passed Hamlin. With Sunday’s Sprint Cup race, might Dillon be looking for revenge against Hamlin in the weekend’s main event? Remember, Hamlin is locked into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, while Dillon is not. … Daniel Suarez had another strong race in his rookie NXS season, finishing fifth. … Chase Elliott closed Chris Buescher’s lead in the Xfinity point standings to just 14 points. However, Elliott, defending NXS series champ, remains winless in 2015.

Who had a bad race: Brian Scott was headed to a likely top-five finish until the motor in his Chevrolet blew up on Lap 164. It marks Scott’s fourth DNF this season, with the second time due to engine failure. … Elliott Sadler finished 17th, dropping from fourth to fifth in the NXS standings.

Notable: Denny Hamlin was leading on Lap 23 when he overdrove the track and was involved in a single-car spin. “That was impatience on my part, my bad,” Hamlin said on his team radio. Kyle Busch and Hamlin were both sent to the rear of the lead lap (positions 28 and 29). Hamlin made up 18 spots in 11 laps (Lap 34) and was back in the lead on Lap 43. … In each of their respective Xfinity Series debuts, Todd Peck finished 30th, while Matt Wallace, son of veteran NASCAR driver, finished 33rd. … Even though he finished fourth, Kyle Busch was unhappy with his final pit stop. Busch wanted four tires, but crew chief Chris Gayle called for four tires. “I wanted four, we just didn’t get four, so it doesn’t matter. We weren’t good enough to win, anyways. Obviously, the 20 (Hamlin) was, so more power to him.”

Quotable: “I don’t know, I don’t want to talk about it. He won’t be ready.” – Austin Dillon on the possibility he may seek payback from Denny Hamlin in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race after their tangle late in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

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NASCAR will not penalize pit crew members for rushing to aid Austin Dillon


NASCAR officials plan to talk to pit crew members who rushed to aid Austin Dillon after his last-lap crash but will not penalize them, Steve O’Donnell told NASCAR SiriusXM Radio on Tuesday.

Pit crew members from the teams of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Casey Mears were among those who ran to Dillon’s car, which landed upside down near the exit of pit road after crashing into the catch fence at Daytona International Speedway.

O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, explained on “The Morning Drive” what officials want to discuss with the pit crew members.

“Nobody is going to be penalized,” O’Donnell said. “I think people may be commenting on it because we took some hard cards (that will be returned upon meeting with officials) and the reason for that is we want to have a conversation with those folks. Listen, we all applaud everybody who wants to run to a scene and try to help out. That’s something that I think that is really cool about our industry in terms of people caring about their fellow athletes.

“We just want to talk about the safety aspect of it. We’ve got to dispatch our safety equipment – those folks are experts – and to be able to get to Austin as quickly as possible, assess the scene, his belts, what may be going on, do we need to turn the car over, can he be moved from the vehicle or should he stay in. Any second that we can’t do that because the car may be surrounded can be a challenge. That’s just a conversation we want to have.

“We’ve also seen guys where someone running out has been hit by a safety vehicle, not at a NASCAR race. We’ve seen some pretty severe injuries in other forms of motorsports. We just wanted to walk through it with those guys. We applaud the fact that they care. But you know, it was all in the interest for us, going forward, that we respond to the driver in the most correct way possible.”



Austin Dillon fastest again in second Xfinity practice at Texas

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When it came to Thursday’s pair of Xfinity Series practice sessions at Texas Motor Speedway, Austin Dillon made it 2-for-2.

After being fastest in the mid-afternoon session, Dillon doubled up by being the fastest in the early evening session.

Next up for Dillon is Friday’s qualifying session at 4:45 pm ET and then the race later that evening, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, set to take the green flag at 8:30 pm ET.

Dillon covered the 1.5-mile high-speed track with a field best speed of 181.372 mph, followed by Regan Smith (179.994) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (179.934).

Here’s the speed chart in Thursday’s final Xfinity Series practice at Texas:

1 Austin Dillon … 181.372 mph … 37 laps
2 Regan Smith … 179.994 … 46 laps
3 Darrell Wallace Jr. … 179.934 … 47 laps
4 Brad Keselowski … 179.683 … 55 laps
5 Elliott Sadler … 179.420 … 38 laps
6 Erik Jones … 179.402 … 42 laps
7 Brendan Gaughan … 179.325 … 31 laps
8 Chase Elliott … 179.069 … 46 laps
9 Daniel Suarez … 178.986 … 51 laps
10 JJ Yeley … 178.459 … 30 laps
11 Ryan Sieg … 178.318 … 47 laps
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 178.153 … 34 laps
13 Denny Hamlin … 178.136 … 37 laps
14 Chris Buescher … 177.626 … 35 laps
15 Sam Hornish Jr. … 177.375 … 37 laps
16 Blake Koch … 176.893 … 31 laps
17 Ty Dillon … 176.771 … 31 laps
18 Brian Scott … 176.448 … 27 laps
19 Jeremy Clements … 176.148 … 18 laps
20 Brennan Poole … 176.137 … 64 laps
21 Mike Bliss … 176.097 … 31 laps
22 Ryan Reed … 175.959 … 32 laps
23 Brandon Gdovic … 175.770 … 26 laps
24 Mario Gosselin … 175.393 … 21 laps
25 Eric McClure … 175.086 … 28 laps
26 Dakoda Armstrong … 175.041 … 48 laps
27 John Wes Townley … 175.029 … 16 laps
28 David Starr … 174.899 … 20 laps
29 Cale Conley … 173.891 … 12 laps
30 Landon Cassill … 173.650 … 35 laps
31 Ross Chastain … 173.566 … 35 laps
32 Harrison Rhodes … 170.800 … 27 laps
33 Timmy Hill … 170.600 … 21 laps
34 Stanton Barrett … 168.146 … 20 laps
35 Jeff Green … 167.811 … 5 laps
36 Derrike Cope … 167.567 … 16 laps
37 Peyton Sellers … 167.483 … 22 laps
38 Joey Gase … 166.492 … 11 laps
39 Derek White … 165.695 … 21 laps
40 Mike Harmon … 162.871 … 11 laps

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