2018 SEASON - Empire State 450 Qualifying and New York Duels

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2018 SEASON - Empire State 450 Qualifying and New York Duels

Post by BJA95 on Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:35 pm

Dia McBrien Takes Pole For Empire State 450

Dia McBrien becomes the second daughter of Frank McBrien to set STARS history as she locked herself into the Empire State 450 in her first attempt by notching the pole for the event. McBrien was joined by ATK Motorsports driver Grant Macintosh on the front row, as Macintosh also clenched his place in the Empire State 450.

Dia McBrien, the older sister of reigning champion Ruby, recently won the Chili Bowl in the her first attempt, and will be looking to repeat the feat in the biggest race on the STARS calendar.

"I knew we had a good car in qualifying trim," said McBrien, "but I didn't think it was a polesitting car! I think we had a bit of fortune on our side with the wind but honestly I expected nothing less out of the team as well! They're all great workers and this pole position is for them!"

McBrien will lead the field down to the green flag in the first duel, joined by teammates Bradley Carlisle and her sister, Ruby McBrien, who start third and sixth respectively, while Macintosh has the support of all of his teammates in the second duel, as Evie Vance will start second, Atkins third, Leckliter fifth while Caitlin Conway will round out the field after engine issues marred her qualifying run.

Duel 1:
Hanley Dominates as Big Names Fail to Qualify

It was an unexpected winner of the first duel, as Mac Hanley battled his way from 12th on the grid to earn the lead within five laps, and never look back as he put on a dominating performance, leading 36 of the 44 laps en route to victory. Hanley, who will be full time in the series for the first time since 2015 with Jenkins Performance, held off a charge from Ruby McBrien and Maki Nishikino, as the pack broke up as the race went on.

The race ended under caution as Hanley's teammate and team owner, Elliott Jenkins, blew a tire with just three laps to go, slamming into the turn 2 wall hard, meaning Jenkins will be omitted from the event for the second year in a row.

Another notable driver to not qualify was 1995 champion Tom Delgado, in his home race, as the veteran suffered a piston failure just 7 laps shy of the finish. Due to the low attrition race, and the retirement of Kevin Miller on lap 9, this meant Delgado would not be in the big race.

Gregory Hadaway finished 21st, and was the third driver to miss the event.

Duel 2:
Tense Finish Sees Houston On Top

Another surprise awaited in the second duel as Last 2 First Racing driver Dustin Houston was the first across the line to take home the win in the second qualifying duel. The second duel saw closer racing than the first, with 27 lead changes in 44 laps, compared to just 5 in the first race, and with the top 12 finishing within one and a half seconds. On top of that, this race also was the cleaner of the two, with the entire event ran under green flag conditions.

Fellow Truck graduate Dallas Hammond finished second while Gabriel Macena, Matilda Dillinger and fellow Last 2 First Driver William Carmichael rounding out the top 5.

Everyone in the field also made the finish, with exception to Caitlin Conway, who's engine expired with only 4 laps to go, and Bradley Stansfield, who also pulled off just one lap later. Stansfield still made the event on his qualifying speed, while teammates Dalton Johnson and Steve Peterson were forced to go home, despite making it to the end of the race.

Duel 1 Results:


F S # DRIVER INTERVAL LAPS LED POINTS STATUS
1 12 34 M Hanley 188.068 44 36* 185 Running
2 6 29 R McBrien -0.34 44 2 175 Running
3 7 54 M Nishikino -0.68 44 0 165 Running
4 3 92 B Carlisle -1.02 44 1 165 Running
5 10 20 C Lester -1.36 44 0 155 Running
6 15 3 H Wakamatsu -1.70 44 0 150 Running
7 1 91 D McBrien -2.71 44 0 146 Running
8 8 08 Y Tsushima -2.72 44 0 142 Running
9 11 02 T Everett -3.06 44 0 138 Running
10 9 22 C Minami -3.40 44 0 134 Running
11 18 42 B Bliss -4.44 44 0 130 Running
12 19 01 H Kunikida -5.14 44 0 127 Running
13 2 25 C Swift -5.48 44 0 124 Running
14 14 24 L Forrester -5.83 44 0 121 Running
15 16 14 L Starling -6.19 44 0 118 Running
16 20 98 S Strickland -6.54 44 0 115 Running
17 13 31 J Eichholtz -7.24 44 0 112 Running
18 24 4 M McAllister -1L 43 0 109 Running
19 23 88 J Beaufort -1L 43 0 106 Running
20 21 5 J Kelley-Whitt -1L 43 0 103 Running

21 22 41 G Hadaway -2L 42 0 100 Running
22 17 44 E Jenkins -2L 42 0 97 Running
23 5 69 T Delgado -7L 37 1 99 Piston

24 4 99 K Miller -35L 9 4 96 Camshaft

Duel 2 Results:

F S # DRIVER INTERVAL LAPS LED POINTS STATUS
1 13 57 D Houston 219.747 44 13* 185 Running
2 14 05 D Hammond -0.07 44 10 175 Running
3 4 50 G Macena -0.16 44 0 165 Running
4 8 11 M Dillinger -0.29 44 2 165 Running
5 6 75 W Carmichael -0.44 44 2 160 Running
6 5 10 D Leckliter -0.46 44 0 150 Running
7 3 2 B Atkins -0.56 44 2 151 Running
8 12 86 I Durbin -0.63 44 0 142 Running
9 2 1 E Vance -0.93 44 1 143 Running
10 10 19 B Laughlin -0.98 44 2 139 Running
11 1 12 G Macintosh -1.04 44 12 135 Running
12 17 77 S Libra -1.22 44 0 127 Running
13 15 76 B Ward -24.88 44 0 124 Running
14 7 00 D Donohue -24.94 44 0 121 Running
15 16 28 R Carter -1L 43 0 118 Running
16 18 66 B Green -1L 43 0 115 Running
17 19 90 K Kazami -1L 43 0 112 Running
18 20 82 J Sanders -1L 43 0 109 Running
19 9 55 H Kousaka -1L 43 0 106 Running
20 11 80 M Ohara -1L 43 0 103 Running

21 23 7 D Johnson -1L 43 0 100 Running
22 22 70 S Peterson -2L 42 0 97 Running

23 21 89 B Stansfield -3L 41 0 94 Retired
24 24 21 C Conway -4L 40 0 91 Clutch

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