(CHASE RACE #3) IRPORPLORP 200 @ Lucas Oil Raceway Park

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(CHASE RACE #3) IRPORPLORP 200 @ Lucas Oil Raceway Park

Post by BJA95 on Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:28 am

Dillinger saves title hopes with win; Jenkins, Atkins, Lester and Vance eliminated

It was a mixed bag of emotions for playoff drivers; particularly at ATK Racing, where Matilda Dillinger got the win when it mattered to advance through to the round of 12. Dillinger had qualified the best out of anyone below the cutoff line entering the race, sharing the front row with Bradley Carlisle, the Dover winner, but Dillinger made the only pass for the lead with 48 laps to go, and took the win to advance.

Casey Lester had suffered a clutch issue with just 50 laps to go, which saw him crash out of the chase, while Ben Atkins had to pit multiple times in a race he had struggled in, and he finished four laps down in 21st place. Evie Vance, looking for a win today, also suffered issues for the third time in as many chase races and finished two laps down in 18th place. Elliott Jenkins was one of three chase drivers who got caught up in a lap 1 crash; the others being Chiyo Minami and Ross Carter, but it was elation and relief for Minami and Carter, who went onto the next round, Dillinger's win meant that Jenkins went out of the chase.

Dillinger was the centre of controversy at Chicagoland Speedway after causing an insane melee, but she insisted the squabble over her actions did not faze her.

"It's whatever, really." said Dillinger, nonchalantly, "I'm in the next round and the people making a big deal of it aren't. I'm here to win and do my job, and I'm here to get a second title. I'm not here to make friends doing it."

Dillinger, the defending champion, was called out by her team boss Ben Atkins, who guaranteed she would not win the title. When asked about this, Dillinger was just as apathetic.

"Yeah, I guess he was mad at me, huh? I'm sure him missing the next round won't help anything, but I'm not focused on his campaign. It's about mine."

Atkins, the 2012 series champion, was left dejected after his performance, but admitted he had little confidence entering the weekend.

"Even when the penalty got revoked, I wasn't feeling great about our chances," said Atkins, "but we didn't have the attitude after Dover. I was so focused on our misfortunes that I wasn't in the right mindset. I think if I didn't get the penalty at Atlanta, we'd be telling a whole different story here."

"I'll be pulling for the 12 car to win the title now. The 29 would be a popular win for me too. Hell, probably any of the McBrien team would be fine with me. They've been the fastest and most reliable all year... except Evie. She's just been fast. I feel bad for her."

Evie Vance was not dejected, but rather, outright furious.

"Third week in a row, the car broke." said Vance, "It's bullshit. It's just bullshit. We have an incompetent CEO in the office who will hopefully resign, and I got given the shit equipment because I've not got a good story to tell if I win the title. Maybe being let go from this team for a douche with Monster money will be a blessing."

The only driver not feeling negative after their elimination was Jenkins, who was reflective, and thankful, for his chance at the championship.

"I don't think we could have predicted the speed we got out of the car at the seasons beginning," said Jenkins, "We nearly won Daytona and Bristol and we made the playoffs on merit after missing New York! To even be here was a privilege. Would I have liked to have gone further? Maybe, but it's the way it played out, and I'm just thankful I got a shot!"

Dillinger and 11 other drivers will move onto the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which will feature an experimental package, with their title hopes fresh, and in tact.

Results:


F S # DRIVER INTERVAL LAPS LED POINTS STATUS
1 2 1 M Dillinger 89.957 137 48 180 Running
2 1 92 B Carlisle -2.55 137 89* 180 Running
3 31 20 C Swift -8.03 137 0 165 Running
4 10 99 K Miller -8.29 137 0 160 Running
5 16 6 R Matthews -9.98 137 0 155 Running
6 22 29 R McBrien -10.63 137 0 150 Running
7 37 0 M Nishikino -12.66 137 0 146 Running
8 21 24 P Vaughn -16.18 137 0 142 Running
9 6 88 B Green -16.60 137 0 138 Running
10 32 66 D Donohue -1L 136 0 134 Running
11 26 31 J Eichholtz -1L 136 0 130 Running
12 8 10 D Leckliter -1L 136 0 127 Running
13 25 75 W Carmichael -1L 136 0 124 Running
14 7 00 J Clagett -1L 136 0 121 Running
15 11 98 S Harrow -1L 136 0 118 Running
16 33 65 I Durbin -2L 135 0 115 Running
17 24 72 C Conway -2L 135 0 112 Running
18 9 19 E Vance -2L 135 0 109 Running
19 5 50 G Macena -3L 134 0 106 Running
20 28 76 R McKee -4L 133 0 103 Running
21 36 2 B Atkins -4L 133 0 100 Running
22 38 7 D Johnson -4L 133 0 97 Running
23 13 89 L Forrester -4L 133 0 94 Running
24 34 05 M McAllister -5L 132 0 91 Running
25 29 21 C Lester -50L 87 0 88 Clutch
26 17 15 B Perrin -65L 72 0 85 Piston
27 3 12 G Macintosh -74L 63 0 82 Engine
28 12 02 R Truro, Jr. -84L 53 0 79 Accident
29 39 86 M Montellini -84L 53 0 76 Retired
30 14 14 G Hadaway -86L 51 0 73 Accident
31 27 77 B Ward -86L 51 0 70 Accident
32 4 11 F McBrien -88L 49 0 67 Piston
33 23 18 M Hanley -98L 39 0 64 Piston
34 30 78 D Williams -119L 18 0 61 Retired
35 20 44 E Jenkins -135L 2 0 58 Retired
36 15 28 R Carter -136L 1 0 55 Retired
37 19 57 D Dent -136L 1 0 52 Accident
38 18 82 J Sanders -136L 1 0 49 Retired
39 35 22 C Minami -136L 1 0 46 Accident

Chase Standings:

1. Bradley Carlisle (1 win)
2. Matilda Dillinger (1 win)
3. Frank McBrien (1 win)
4. Ryan Matthews (+95)
5. Kevin Miller (+85)
6. Ruby McBrien (+83)
7. Breyton Green (+77)
8. Grant Macintosh (+23)
9. Ross Carter (+19)
10. Ike Durbin (+10)
11. Chiyo Minami (+7)
12. Gabriel Macena (2103 points)
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13. Elliott Jenkins (-13)
14. Ben Atkins (-14)
15. Casey Lester (-27)
16. Evie Vance (-44)

Points:

Pos +/- Driver ST W T5 T10 AvFP P AvSP PTS BF/BN
1 +1 B Carlisle 23 2 5 7 19.35 6 5.00 2237 0/0

2 +2 R Matthews 23 2 10 11 14.52 2 7.43 2198 39/39

3 +5 K Miller 23 0 6 12 15.13 0 17.87 2188 49/10

4 +1 R McBrien 23 2 6 10 17.26 2 10.39 2186 51/2

5 -2 B Green 23 0 7 13 14.04 0 18.61 2180 57/6

6 +7 M Dillinger 23 4 9 11 14.74 0 7.43 2170 67/10

7 -6 F McBrien 23 2 5 9 15.00 2 7.43 2149 88/21

8 -1 G Macintosh 23 4 9 11 15.17 3 6.26 2126 111/23

9 -3 R Carter 22 0 2 7 18.09 0 14.00 2122 115/4

10 +1 I Durbin 23 0 3 7 20.52 0 20.09 2113 124/9

11 -2 C Minami 23 1 4 6 19.74 0 19.61 2105 132/8

12 -- G Macena 23 0 4 8 18.35 1 16.17 2103 134/2

13 -3 E Jenkins 22 0 4 9 19.68 0 20.36 2090 147/13

14 -- B Atkins 23 2 7 11 16.17 1 6.70 2089 148/1

15 -- C Lester 23 0 5 9 16.87 0 9.26 2076 161/13

16 -- E Vance 23 3 7 7 20.30 2 8.52 2059 178/17

17 +2 C Swift 23 0 4 7 21.04 0 16.35 787 1450/1272

18 -- M Nishikino 23 0 2 5 19.39 0 27.91 769 1468/18

19 +2 P Vaughn 23 0 1 5 19.91 0 29.30 740 1497/29

20 -- J Clagett 22 0 2 5 20.09 0 16.64 720 1517/20

21 -4 R Truro, Jr. 22 0 1 6 20.14 0 18.09 720 1517/0

22 +1 D Donohue 23 0 1 5 20.74 0 18.00 710 1527/10

23 +1 S Harrow 23 0 0 3 20.00 0 25.61 691 1546/19

24 -2 M Montellini 21 0 1 5 19.38 0 22.76 676 1561/15

25 -- R McKee 23 0 2 4 22.52 0 25.09 662 1575/14

26 -- L Forrester 23 0 1 4 22.13 0 25.65 623 1614/39

27 +1 W Carmichael 23 0 0 1 21.87 0 25.35 590 1647/33

28 -1 J Sanders 23 0 0 1 22.96 1 23.96 586 1651/4

29 -- D Leckliter 23 0 0 2 22.39 0 26.83 566 1671/20

30 -- J Eichholtz 23 0 0 4 25.00 0 18.13 552 1685/14

31 -- H Tsushima 10 1 1 4 13.10 2 22.00 472 1765/80

32 -- D Dent 22 0 0 0 24.73 0 34.59 436 1801/36

33 -- B Stansfield 14 0 1 3 20.50 0 26.93 412 1825/24

34 -- D Williams 23 0 0 0 27.61 0 34.70 389 1848/23

35 -- D Johnson 19 0 0 0 24.26 0 35.37 385 1852/4

36 +2 M McAllister 20 0 0 0 27.65 0 36.30 325 1912/60

37 -1 N Yazawa 8 0 1 3 15.63 1 21.25 324 1913/1

38 -1 M Hanley 10 0 1 3 20.40 0 17.20 317 1920/7

39 -- B Ward 13 0 0 0 23.31 0 32.31 294 1943/23

40 -- Y Kunikida 10 0 1 2 23.60 0 27.60 276 1961/18

41 +1 C Conway 7 0 0 2 19.43 0 12.14 241 1996/35

42 -1 N Balandier 8 0 0 1 19.00 0 25.13 239 1998/2

43 -- S Libra 5 0 2 2 19.60 0 15.20 202 2035/37

44 -- N Prowse 7 0 0 1 19.86 0 16.57 201 2036/1

45 -- G Hadaway 6 0 0 1 19.83 0 24.50 179 2058/22

46 -- R Matsuura 6 0 0 0 21.67 0 32.33 150 2087/29

47 -- S Peterson 5 0 0 0 22.80 0 35.60 117 2120/33

48 -- B Collins 2 0 0 1 14.00 0 31.00 81 2156/36

49 -- M Johnson 3 0 0 0 21.67 0 32.00 80 2157/1

50 -- T Benatar 4 0 0 0 25.75 0 30.50 69 2168/11

51 -- G Carter 2 0 0 1 21.50 0 30.50 68 2169/1

52 -- B Boyd 1 0 0 1 9.00 0 32.00 55 2182/8

53 -- B Perrin 3 0 0 0 33.00 0 25.67 30 2207/25
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