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“One thing he certainly doesn’t lack is bravery. He’s not afraid to go fast, and is excelling at the high-speed tracks.”

Dillon has hung close with solid efforts including fourth last week at Chicago and looks to find a comfortable running line that will help continue his mastery of Kentucky.

Last year’s top Nationwide rookie is definitely enjoying the points race with Hornish, hoping to gain ground Saturday night but expecting competition to go down to the final race.

“He’s obviously had a good year and their team has jelled well and made some good runs when it counted,” Dillon said of Hornish. “It’s fun to be in the race and great to see good competition and I think we’re kind of separating ourselves.

“But there’s seven races left and anybody can get back in this thing with a bad week. Hopefully, we’re able to capitalize on the first mistake that’s made in this points race that’ll put us ahead.”