Dillon Puts The Three Back On Top With 10 To Go
Just 10 races remain to decide who is going to take home the NCWTS championship trophy – and it is shaping up to be a shootout to the finish.
Four guys - Austin Dillon, Johnny Sauter, James Buescher and Timothy Peters - have separated themselves from the rest of the field as the top contenders.
Just 23 points separates first from fourth place.
Dillon leads the standings – for the first time in his career – by a mere one point after Sauter was docked six points for failing post-race inspection last week in Pocono.
It is the first time the No. 3 has been atop the national series standings since 2002 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the series standings following his season-opening victory at Daytona.
Dillon started from the pole at Michigan last season and finished fifth.
Michigan: Six Consecutive Different Winners
In 11 NCWTS races held at Michigan International Raceway, there have been nine winners – with the last six races being won by different drivers, including three first-time winners (Johnny Benson, Erik Darnell, Colin Braun).
Greg Biffle and Travis Kvapil remain the only multiple winners with two victories each.
Despite 29 wins in the series, Kyle Busch has never won a truck series event at Michigan.
Busch, Harvick Battle Continues; Martin Returns For Round 2
It is no secret that Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are not the best of friends. However, they did play nice at Pocono with Harvick taking the win and Busch finishing a close second.
While they keep their main focus on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, the 2011 NCWTS owner championship continues to be in the back of their mind.
Who will take home the bragging rights?
Harvick returns to the driver’s seat of the No. 2 KHI Chevrolet following his victory at Pocono and Busch will climb back behind the wheel of the No. 18 KBM Toyota to kick off a string of three consecutive races – Michigan, Bristol and Atlanta.
Five races ago, Busch held a commanding 56-point lead over Harvick in the owner’s standings, but that has shrunk to just 27 points.
Mark Martin returns for his second consecutive race with Turner Motorsports. Martin – who started his first NCWTS race since 2007 last week – finished seventh at Pocono.
ThorSport Racing Officially Moves In
ThorSport Racing officially opens its brand new 100,000 square-foot shop in Sandusky, Ohio this week. The facility is located near their former facility and is estimated to be the largest of any NCWTS team.
The team will host a public grand opening on Wednesday, August 17 from noon-6 p.m. and a private media event will follow at 6:30 p.m.
All proceeds raised from the grand opening will benefit the Officer Andy Dunn Foundation.
Dunn’s widow and children will be special guests of the ThorSport Racing teams this weekend at Michigan.