2018 SEASON - Empire State 450

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2018 SEASON - Empire State 450

Post by BJA95 on Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:49 pm

Houston Makes History With Duel and 450 Sweep

It was a weekend to remember for debutante Dustin Houston and underdog team Last 2 First Racing as Dustin Houston completed the sweep, winning both the second duel race and the big race; The Empire State 450 in his first attempt.

The race was filled with attrition, as many cautions plagued the event. An early accident saw Grant Macintosh, Scott Strickland and Maki Nishikino fall victim on lap 12, with William Carmichael, Dallas Hammond and Dean Donohue falling out shortly after. Houston himself was involved in the first accident of the race, colliding with Nishikino avoiding the initial contact.

Cars fell out left and right with only 19 cars left after the halfway mark. The most notable accident, however, came on lap 53, when Ike Durbin, for the second year in a row, took a tumble in a very similar fashion to Casey Lester last year. Durbin ended up on top of All-Star winner Connor Swift in the accident, but thankfully both drivers, as well as Ross Carter and Bailey Bliss who were also in the accident, were okay.

The most controversial accident did not come until 17 laps to go as Kazuki Kazami, also known simply as Thanatos, drifted up into Jacob Eichholtz, who was set to win the race. This collected Casey Lester and Bradley Carlisle as well, who were set for top 5 runs. They had to settle for 12th and 13th instead.

The race, afterwards, came down to Dustin Houston, Mac Hanley and Spencer Libra. None of the three had been major factors in the race, but Houston simply had the best car at the end, and he came out victorious, with Hanley in 2nd and Last 2 First teammate Spencer Libra in 3rd.

Jacob Eichholtz, who led 45 of the 200 laps; the most of anybody on the day, had to settle for fourth, while debutante Honoka Kousaka rounded our the top 5; the first and only car one lap down.

Lacey Starling, Luke Forrester, Hanamaru Kunikida, Jack Kelley-Whitt and Marc McAllister were the only ones to finish the race, however McAllister did not register a top 10 as he was 7 laps down, and Ben Atkins blew his engine with 5 to go running one lap down, meaning he finishes ahead of McAllister.

"Oh my god, man, I can't believe this! Not a lot of people can say they won this thing in their first try, haha... It was a damn warzone out there, though." said winner Dustin Houston. "People dropping like flies. Last 2 First really did a great job getting our #57 tuned up during final practice, we felt pretty good all weekend, but it all just came together, and I'm proud of all these boys for getting it done."

"This race was an absolute disaster and they really need to look at this pack racing," said Mac Hanley, "I'm just happy we finished. The second place doesn't really mean anything when only 3 cars are competitive at the end. We had 42 cars at the beginning of the race! I think everyone had damage at the end... so silly."

"I'm fuckin' retiring now, this shit is enough to send anyone mad" said Marc McAllister, who was seen Naruto running to Bandori songs after the event. "I've done my time and I don't wanna die doing this shit. I'm out. Fuckin' BYE."

The next race will be at Watkins Glen.

Results:

F S # DRIVER INTERVAL LAPS LED POINTS STATUS
1 4 57 D Houston 163.415 200 11 180 Running
2 3 34 M Hanley -0.09 200 11 175 Running
3 24 77 S Libra -0.30 200 3 170 Running
4 33 31 J Eichholtz -11.85 200 45* 170 Running
5 38 55 H Kousaka -1L 199 0 155 Running
6 29 14 L Starling -2L 198 1 155 Running
7 27 24 L Forrester -2L 198 0 146 Running
8 23 01 H Kunikida -2L 198 0 142 Running
9 39 5 J Kelley-Whitt -3L 197 0 138 Running
10 16 2 B Atkins -7L 193 36 139 Camshaft
11 35 4 M McAllister -7L 193 0 130 Running
12 9 92 B Carlisle -17L 183 29 132 Retired
13 11 20 C Lester -17L 183 1 129 Retired
14 34 90 K Kazuki -20L 180 0 121 Retired
15 42 89 B Stansfield -35L 165 0 118 Gearbox
16 1 91 D McBrien -52L 148 5 120 Piston
17 15 08 Y Tsushima -74L 126 16 117 Retired
18 17 02 T Everett -77L 123 0 109 Accident
19 5 29 R McBrien -95L 105 0 106 Header
20 22 19 B Laughlin -109L 91 1 108 Accident
21 37 88 J Beaufort -112L 88 0 100 Camshaft
22 10 11 M Dillinger -117L 83 24 102 Retired
23 32 66 B Green -133L 67 0 94 Accident
24 26 76 B Ward -134L 66 0 91 Retired
25 13 3 H Wakamatsu -135L 65 0 88 Retired
26 36 82 J Sanders -137L 63 6 90 Accident
27 40 80 M Ohara -137L 63 0 82 Fuel Inj
28 18 86 I Durbin -146L 54 1 84 Accident
29 25 25 C Swift -147L 53 0 76 Accident
30 30 28 R Carter -147L 53 0 73 Retired
31 21 42 B Bliss -147L 53 0 70 Accident
32 8 50 G Macena -161L 39 6 72 Clutch
33 19 22 C Minami -163L 37 2 69 Accident
34 20 1 E Vance -163L 37 0 61 Accident
35 14 10 D Leckliter -167L 33 0 58 Gearbox
36 28 00 D Donohue -176L 24 0 55 Retired
37 6 05 D Hammond -176L 24 1 57 Piston
38 12 75 W Carmichael -176L 24 0 49 Camshaft
39 41 99 K Miller -184L 16 0 46 Tire
40 7 54 M Nishikino -187L 13 0 43 Accident
41 31 98 S Strickland -188L 12 0 40 Camshaft
42 2 12 G Macintosh -188L 12 1 42 Gearbox

Points:

Point Standings after Race #1
Pos +/- Driver ST W T5 T10 AvFP P AvSP PTS BF/BN
1 -- D Houston 1 1 1 1 1.00 0 4.00 101 0/0

2 -- M Hanley 1 0 1 1 2.00 0 3.00 91 10/10

3 -- J Eichholtz 1 0 1 1 4.00 0 33.00 91 10/0

4 -- S Libra 1 0 1 1 3.00 0 24.00 86 15/5

5 -- H Kousaka 1 0 1 1 5.00 0 38.00 75 26/11

6 -- L Starling 1 0 0 1 6.00 0 29.00 71 30/4

7 -- L Forrester 1 0 0 1 7.00 0 27.00 65 36/6

8 -- H Kunikida 1 0 0 1 8.00 0 23.00 60 41/5

9 -- J Kelley-Whitt 1 0 0 1 9.00 0 39.00 55 46/5

10 -- B Atkins 1 0 0 1 10.00 0 16.00 51 50/4

11 -- M McAllister 1 0 0 0 11.00 0 35.00 47 54/4

12 -- B Carlisle 1 0 0 0 12.00 0 9.00 45 56/2

13 -- C Lester 1 0 0 0 13.00 0 11.00 42 59/3

14 -- K Kazuki 1 0 0 0 14.00 0 34.00 38 63/4

15 -- D McBrien 1 0 0 0 16.00 1 1.00 38 63/0

16 -- B Stansfield 1 0 0 0 15.00 0 42.00 35 66/3

17 -- Y Tsushima 1 0 0 0 17.00 0 15.00 31 70/4

18 -- T Everett 1 0 0 0 18.00 0 17.00 28 73/3

19 -- R McBrien 1 0 0 0 19.00 0 5.00 26 75/2

20 -- B Laughlin 1 0 0 0 20.00 0 22.00 25 76/1

21 -- J Beaufort 1 0 0 0 21.00 0 37.00 22 79/3

22 -- M Dillinger 1 0 0 0 22.00 0 10.00 22 79/0

23 -- B Green 1 0 0 0 23.00 0 32.00 20 81/2

24 -- B Ward 1 0 0 0 24.00 0 26.00 19 82/1

25 -- H Wakamatsu 1 0 0 0 25.00 0 13.00 18 83/1

26 -- J Sanders 1 0 0 0 26.00 0 36.00 18 83/0

27 -- M Ohara 1 0 0 0 27.00 0 40.00 16 85/2

28 -- I Durbin 1 0 0 0 28.00 0 18.00 16 85/0

29 -- C Swift 1 0 0 0 29.00 0 25.00 14 87/2

30 -- R Carter 1 0 0 0 30.00 0 30.00 13 88/1

31 -- B Bliss 1 0 0 0 31.00 0 21.00 12 89/1

32 -- G Macena 1 0 0 0 32.00 0 8.00 12 89/0

33 -- C Minami 1 0 0 0 33.00 0 19.00 11 90/1

34 -- E Vance 1 0 0 0 34.00 0 20.00 9 92/2

35 -- D Leckliter 1 0 0 0 35.00 0 14.00 8 93/1

36 -- D Donohue 1 0 0 0 36.00 0 28.00 7 94/1

37 -- D Hammond 1 0 0 0 37.00 0 6.00 7 94/0

38 -- W Carmichael 1 0 0 0 38.00 0 12.00 5 96/2

39 -- K Miller 1 0 0 0 39.00 0 41.00 4 97/1

40 -- M Nishikino 1 0 0 0 40.00 0 7.00 3 98/1

41 -- S Strickland 1 0 0 0 41.00 0 31.00 2 99/1

42 -- G Macintosh 1 0 0 0 42.00 0 2.00 2 99/0

Chase Grid:


GREEN = Locked In
Yellow = In On Points
Red = Out Of Chase

1. Dustin Houston (1 win)
2. Mac Hanley
3. Jacob Eichholtz
4. Spencer Libra
5. Honoka Kousaka
6. Lacey Starling
7. Luke Forrester
8. Hanamaru Kunikida
9. Jack Kelley-Whitt
10. Ben Atkins
11. Marc McAllister
12. Bradley Carlisle
13. Casey Lester
14. Kazuki Kazami
15. Dia McBrien
16. Bradley Stansfield

17. Yoshiko Tsushima
18. Tyler Everett
19. Ruby McBrien
20. Braxton Laughlin
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