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Pocono 250

Post by BJA95 on Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:19 pm

Spoiler:
Minami steals first career victory after GWC Crash

A race with an unusual ending saw the fifth winner of the season in as many weeks, and the second first time winner in two races as rookie Chiyo Minami swept past a crashing Joey Clagett and Gabriel Macena to take her first career victory. Minami has been the highest seeded driver in the chase without a win every weekend leading to Pocono, but her win will make sure her bid for a title is official.

Minami was due to enter the Green-White-Checkered finish in fourth, but Matilda Dillinger's car would not restart, meaning that she could not take the grid for the finish, despite being due to lead to the finish. This handed the lead to Gabriel Macena, with Joey Clagett on his outside, but in turn 2, Clagett got on the inside of Macena, but slid up into him, putting himself and Macena into the outside wall. Clagett then slid down into traffic, with Ben Atkins and Nico Yazawa slamming into the #00. During all this, Minami and Luke Forrester snuck by to battle for the win, with Minami coming out on top.

The end-race crash resulted in a few surprises in the top 5, as Bradley Stansfield secured a third place finish for Jersey Motors, Inc; their best finish since their surprise Empire State 450 victory with Grant Macintosh in 2011, while Maki Nishikino got ยต's Motorsports first ever top 5 by finishing fifth, maintaining the excellent position she was in before the Green-White-Checkered.

The accident results in an altercation between Ben Atkins and Joey Clagett. While no punches were thrown, Atkins was seen applauding Clagett sarcastically in the garage area, when Clagett confronted Atkins. Clagett, who has yet to see victory lane after spending three years with Team Kwik Fit, shoved Atkins back when Atkins was pulled away from the scene by girlfriend Riko Vance.

However, this will not be the story of the weekend for Team Kwik Fit, as the elation for Minami's victory was clear.

"NOZAKI-KUUUUUUUUUN NOTICED ME!" yelled Minami emphatically, "WE WON A RACE! WE REALLY DID! I didn't know I won at first but my crew starting yelling and I figured it out then! Nozaki told me I did great and says he needs to meet me after everything is over! This is it! I've been noticed!"

Minami curiously looked a little bit unsettled around an hour after victory lane formalities were completed, and was seen carrying copious amounts of manga essentials from her motor home to one of the media areas at Pocono Raceway.

Results:


F S # DRIVER INTERVAL LAPS LED POINTS STATUS
1 4 22 C Minami 114.923 2 2* 185 Running
2 3 89 L Forrester -0.39 2 0 170 Running
3 7 15 B Stansfield -0.77 2 0 165 Running
4 1 50 G Macena -1.16 2 0 160 Running
5 5 0 M Nishikino -1.55 2 0 155 Running
6 9 6 R Matthews -1.93 2 0 150 Running
7 11 88 B Green -2.32 2 0 146 Running
8 13 27 N Prowse -2.71 2 0 142 Running
9 10 11 F McBrien -3.10 2 0 138 Running
10 15 28 R Carter -3.49 2 0 134 Running
11 14 7 D Johnson -3.88 2 0 130 Running
12 6 82 J Sanders -4.27 2 0 127 Running
13 16 77 B Ward -4.67 2 0 124 Running
14 8 55 N Yazawa -20.37 2 0 121 Running
15 2 00 J Clagett -1L 1 0 118 Accident
16 12 2 B Atkins -1L 1 0 115 Accident
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17 4 1 M Dillinger -1L 49 25* 122 Brakes
18 23 86 M Montellini -1L 49 0 109 Running
19 40 78 D Williams -3L 47 0 106 Header
20 19 02 R Truro, Jr. -4L 46 3 108 Running
21 18 65 I Durbin -7L 43 0 100 Running
22 13 18 M Hanley -24L 26 0 97 Overheat
23 5 29 R McBrien -26L 24 0 94 Header
24 35 24 P Vaughn -27L 23 0 91 Ignition
25 2 12 G Macintosh -28L 22 5 93 Tire
26 30 10 D Leckliter -28L 22 0 85 Retired
27 12 44 E Jenkins -28L 22 0 82 Fuel Lk
28 27 75 W Carmichael -29L 21 0 79 Retired
29 26 98 S Harrow -29L 21 0 76 Accident
30 16 20 C Swift -29L 21 0 73 Accident
31 15 66 D Donohue -29L 21 0 70 Accident
32 11 26 S Libra -29L 21 0 67 Accident
33 7 31 J Eichholtz -29L 21 0 64 Accident
34 1 92 B Carlisle -29L 21 14 66 Accident
35 33 94 G Carter -30L 20 0 58 Accident
36 34 76 R McKee -30L 20 0 55 Retired
37 17 99 K Miller -37L 13 0 52 Susp
38 36 57 D Dent -46L 4 0 49 Valve
39 8 19 E Vance -46L 4 0 46 Retired
40 14 21 C Lester -49L 1 1 48 Header

Chase Standings:

Green indicates a driver is locked in on wins.
Yellow indicates a driver is currently in on points.
Red indicates a driver must win to makes the playoffs. (not yet relevant)

Top 20 in Chase Standings
16 drivers make the STARS LIS Chase.

1st: #6 Ryan Matthews (1 win)
2nd: #22 Chiyo Minami (1 win)
3rd: #1 Matilda Dillinger (1 win)
4th: #92 Bradley Carlisle (1 win)
5th: #29 Ruby McBrien (1 win)

6th: #88 Breyton Green
7th: #50 Gabriel Macena
8th: #89 Luke Forrester
9th: #21 Casey Lester
10th: #11 Frank McBrien
11th: #99 Kevin Miller
12th: #12 Grant Macintosh
13th: #0 Maki Nishikino
14th: #86 Marcus Montellini
15th: #2 Ben Atkins
16th: #28 Ross Carter

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17th: #18 Mac Hanley
18th: #00 Joey Clagett
19th: #98 Spencer Harrow
20th: #65 Ike Durbin

Series Standings:

Pos +/- Driver ST W T5 T10 AvFP P AvSP PTS BF/BN
1 -- R Matthews 5 1 2 3 10.80 0 14.20 317 0/0

2 +1 C Minami 5 1 2 4 11.80 0 19.20 311 6/6

3 +1 B Green 5 0 1 3 13.20 0 25.40 274 43/37

4 -2 M Dillinger 5 1 2 2 14.40 0 7.60 274 43/0

5 +4 G Macena 5 0 2 3 13.20 0 20.00 261 56/13

6 +13 L Forrester 5 0 1 3 15.80 0 22.00 223 94/38

7 -2 C Lester 5 0 2 2 22.20 0 9.40 210 107/13

8 -1 B Carlisle 5 1 1 2 20.20 1 3.00 209 108/1

9 +5 F McBrien 5 0 0 2 18.40 1 6.20 208 109/1

10 -4 K Miller 5 0 1 2 18.20 0 18.60 202 115/6

11 -3 G Macintosh 5 0 2 2 18.60 0 8.20 202 115/0

12 +13 M Nishikino 5 0 1 1 16.60 0 26.40 190 127/12

13 -3 M Montellini 5 0 0 2 18.60 0 24.60 189 128/1

14 -2 B Atkins 5 0 1 2 20.60 1 10.20 187 130/2

15 +5 R Carter 4 0 0 1 11.50 0 14.75 182 135/5

16 -5 M Hanley 5 0 0 2 16.00 0 13.40 180 137/2

17 -1 J Clagett 5 0 1 1 18.60 0 20.80 177 140/3

18 -5 S Harrow 5 0 0 0 17.40 0 27.20 169 148/8

19 -1 I Durbin 5 0 1 1 21.40 0 22.60 158 159/11

20 -3 R McBrien 5 1 1 1 23.80 0 11.00 157 160/1

21 -6 D Donohue 5 0 0 1 21.00 0 22.20 156 161/1

22 +14 B Stansfield 4 0 1 1 19.00 0 23.50 145 172/11

23 -2 C Swift 5 0 1 1 23.00 0 16.80 141 176/4

24 -1 D Leckliter 5 0 0 1 20.40 0 28.60 135 182/6

25 -1 P Vaughn 5 0 1 1 23.40 0 34.40 135 182/0

26 +1 R Truro, Jr. 4 0 0 1 20.75 0 19.75 121 196/14

27 -5 H Tsushima 3 0 0 1 16.00 1 19.67 119 198/2

28 +3 J Sanders 5 0 0 0 22.80 0 18.40 119 198/0

29 +11 N Prowse 3 0 0 1 15.67 0 21.00 118 199/1

30 -4 R McKee 5 0 0 1 27.40 0 27.40 112 205/6

31 +6 D Johnson 4 0 0 0 20.75 0 33.00 107 210/5

32 -4 W Carmichael 5 0 0 0 24.40 0 22.00 105 212/2

33 +8 B Ward 3 0 0 0 17.00 0 31.00 94 223/11

34 -5 S Libra 2 0 1 1 18.00 0 8.50 92 225/2

35 +4 D Williams 5 0 0 0 26.80 0 37.60 84 233/8

36 -6 E Vance 5 0 0 0 27.40 0 8.60 81 236/3

37 -5 D Dent 4 0 0 0 25.25 0 36.75 79 238/2

38 +5 N Yazawa 2 0 0 0 15.50 1 20.00 73 244/6

39 -5 J Eichholtz 5 0 0 0 29.40 0 13.80 71 246/2

40 -2 G Carter 2 0 0 1 21.50 0 29.50 68 249/3

41 -8 M McAllister 4 0 0 0 27.00 0 37.75 64 253/4

42 -7 Y Kunikida 3 0 0 0 25.67 0 27.00 61 256/3

43 +3 E Jenkins 4 0 0 0 32.75 0 19.25 41 276/20

44 -2 S Peterson 2 0 0 0 26.50 0 35.50 40 277/1

45 -1 T Benatar 2 0 0 0 26.50 0 27.50 33 284/7

46 -1 N Balandier 1 0 0 0 17.00 0 32.00 30 287/3

47 -- C Conway 2 0 0 0 31.50 0 11.50 23 294/7

48 -- G Hadaway 1 0 0 0 34.00 0 29.00 9 308/14
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