Ty Dillon demands investigation after his car was damaged by debris on the track

Bowman, Stenhouse and McMurray lead NASCAR Cup Series

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August 18, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Ty Dillon wants NASCAR to hunt down the car that deposited debris on the Michigan race course and messed up his No. 13 Chevy. The manhunt is on. [NEWS-JOURNAL/JIM TILLER]

1. Calling Insp. Clouseau

Ty Dillon demands a NASCAR investigation after the underside of his No. 13 Chevrolet was destroyed by a piece of debris on the Michigan track. “I ran over something; whether it was a battery or a piece of lead,”he said. The debris messed up his car. “I had no control,” he said.

“Hopefully, NASCAR finds whose piece that was because that shouldn’t happen in our sport. There shouldn’t be batteries laying on our tracks,” he said.”

2. Panic time

With three races left in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season, it is officially time for teams and drivers to start panicking about getting into the playoffs. Alex Bowman is on the bubble, but has a 62-point edge on Ricky Stenhouse Jr. A win by a driver outside the bubble, such as Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray or Stenhouse, would shake up the points. Look for those drivers to start making big swings for the fence.

3. France arrested

The arrest of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France dominated last week’s racing news cycle. France was charged with DUI and possession of drugs after he was pulled over by Sag Harbor, New York, police for running a stop sign on Aug. 5. Fallout from the episode will likely remain in the news for the rest of the season.

— Godwin Kelly, [email protected]

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