Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, who made an appearance in Austin, Texas last month, was back this week to ply state lawmakers.Jack Plunkett/Associated Press Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, who made an appearance in Austin, Texas last month, was back this week to ply state lawmakers.

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• He just won a legal battle waged by New York car dealers, but Elon Musk still has his sights set on Texas, where he is trying to prepare the way for dealer-free Tesla to be able to sell more electric cars. Despite strong political opposition from the Texas Auto Dealers Association, the fact that legislation to allow E.V. manufacturers to sell cars in the Lone Star state without going through dealers is on the table seems promising for Tesla. When he was in Texas testifying in favor of the bill on Wednesday, Mr. Musk mentioned the potential that Tesla could even open a production plant there. He also hinted at the possibility of a Tesla truck, which could do well in Texas. (Automobile)

• In other Tesla news, Elon Musk tweeted that he was “deeply wounded” by Sarah Palin‘s comments on Facebook that lumped the electric carmaker with other “losers” in the industry. Ms. Palin’s comments were mostly aimed at Fisker, which recently laid off 75 percent of its staff because of financial problems, but also excoriated Chevrolet’s Volt and the Model S, proposing that they were taxpayer-subsidized failures. Regarding Mr. Musk’s pained Twitter salvo, Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor‘s Washington editor, went so far as to suggest that “sometimes the better part of P.R. valor is keeping your yap shut and moving on.” (The Christian Science Monitor)

• Audi skipped the 2013 model year for the R8, but announced on Thursday that it would offer a freshened version of the midengine sports car for 2014. The base R8 V8 Coupe starts at just under $115,000, and the 550 horsepower R8 V10 Plus Coupe will sell for 170,545 with a manual transmission and nearly $180,000 equipped with the optional S tronic transmission. Audi says the top-of-the-line V-10, S tronic-equipped R8 goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds, reaching a top speed of 196 miles per hour. (Autoblog)

• China’s hunger for Buicks has given General Motors a leg up over Volkswagen in China for the first time in three quarters. Although Volkswagen includes Hong Kong and Macau in its China sales statistics and G.M. does not, the German company still recorded about 770,000 sales this quarter, 6 percent fewer than G.M. Most foreign automakers in China – including fast-growing Ford and Hyundai – have enjoyed burgeoning sales numbers. But G.M. appears poised to hold on to the annual lead it has held there for the last nine years. (Automotive News)

• After a 24-year hiatus, IndyCar will return to Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway. On July 7, the Pocono 400 will run the 2.5-mile track as the second round in a triple crown event sponsored by Fuzzy’s Vodka. The driver who sweeps Pocono, the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar series finale in Fontana, Calif., stands to win a $1 million prize from the beverage company. (ESPN Racing)

By THE NEW YORK TIMES