(CHASE RACE #6) Monster Energy 300 @ Talladega

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(CHASE RACE #6) Monster Energy 300 @ Talladega

Post by BJA95 on Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:09 am

Vance wins in unusual finish; Durbin, Macena, Dillinger and F. McBrien miss third round

After a dismal final few weeks, Evie Vance finally has something to smile about as she managed to pull away in an unusual finish at Talladega to win by over 4 seconds over Grant Macintosh. Vance and Macintosh had managed to get a lead over the rest of the pack but Vance then pinned Macintosh behind a lap car, making him lose ground, and the draft, meaning Vance could pull away from the 12 car earning the victory. Breyton Green managed to earn his way into the third round, despite starting the day below the cutoff point with an excellent third place finish, while Japanese drivers Nico Yazawa and Chiyo Minami, another chase driver who advanced today, rounded out the top 5.

This race also had a notable emission of the typical "big one", which was seen at New York and Daytona, but there were plenty of incidents throughout the day. Joshua Sanders' day was ended by an early incident with Ruby McBrien and Marcus Montellini. The incident also saw McBrien out of the race later on with related mechanical woes. Hanamaru Tsushima looked to have the dominant car early in the race, but was involved in a wreck with Patrick Vaughn and suffered damage which took her out of the running for the win.

The eliminated chase drivers, except the injured Frank McBrien who missed the race after his hard Indianapolis crash, did manage to finish the race, but not without their own woes. Matilda Dillinger and Gabriel Macena battled with mechanical gremlins all day, and finished 6 and 9 laps down in 21st and 22nd, respectively, while Ike Durbin sustained damage in a crash in turn 1 on lap 77 which saw Gregory Hadaway hit the wall head on very hard. Hadaway was limping after the incident but was later released from the infield care centre.

The race win was vital to Evie Vance, who has been left with no ride and no sponsors after McBrien Racing announced they will let go the 20-year-old after the 2017 season; seemingly due to disagreements with team owner Frank McBrien. Vance, while not fighting for a title, is fighting to potentially save her career, although she has been linked with ATK Racing, as she is the sister of Riko Vance, the girlfriend of ATK owner Ben Atkins.

"This win meant a lot," said Vance, "I know that the Toyota's have been fast on the superspeedways this year, and we had been in the top 10 just about all day. I seem to have picked up a knack for this big tracks, huh? Texas World, Daytona and now Talladega! This one was a little bit unusual though. Cars just seems to keep dropping out and stuff. It was weird."

When Vance was asked about her race winning move, she was honest and frank about it.

"Oh yeah, I meant to do that. I meant to pin Grant [Macintosh] behind that lapper. I'm not going to pretend it was a mistake. I'll be honest, I knew he was in the next round and I wanted the win bad. I'm trying to save my career! I needed this!"

Macintosh, the second place finisher, was not disheartened by his performance either.

"I think we had a car that could win, but we got pinned up against a lapped car by Evie... can't really be too upset, Evie used a lapped car to her advantage, and just got the better of us today. Good thing we won Road America so we're already in the next round, we'll just get ready for next week and try for that final four spot."

Breyton Green was arguably the most ecstatic driver of anyone in the top 5, as he cheers upon climbing out of his car. The 40-year-old Utah native, and 2005 and 2009 champion, was elated about his performance today, and was excited to battle for his third title.

"Hell yeah we made it! I never doubted these guys! We stayed out of trouble all day and we got the result we needed! This team; while we may not be the fastest cars out there... we've got grit and determination, and while you have McBrien and ATK cars falling to the wayside, me and Kevin [Miller] have both snuck into the final four! How about that, hey?"

Next week the round of 8 with begin at Iowa Speedway.

Results:

F S # DRIVER INTERVAL LAPS LED POINTS STATUS
1 8 19 E Vance 144.046 113 31 180 Tire
2 7 12 G Macintosh -4.35 113 34* 180 Running
3 11 88 B Green -6.50 113 4 170 Running
4 37 55 N Yazawa -6.58 113 14 165 Running
5 10 22 C Minami -15.80 113 0 155 Running
6 40 08 Y Kunikida -19.29 113 0 150 Running
7 39 5 T Benatar -32.32 113 0 146 Running
8 33 9 M Johnson -1L 112 0 142 Running
9 27 89 L Forrester -1L 112 0 138 Running
10 3 92 B Carlisle -1L 112 0 134 Running
11 36 24 P Vaughn -2L 111 1 135 Running
12 38 01 H Tsushima -2L 111 12 132 Running
13 16 65 I Durbin -3L 110 0 124 Running
14 5 6 R Matthews -3L 110 0 121 Running
15 34 15 B Perrin -3L 110 0 118 Running
16 14 18 M Hanley -3L 110 0 115 Running
17 22 86 M Montellini -4L 109 0 112 Tire
18 17 28 R Carter -4L 109 0 109 Running
19 26 31 J Eichholtz -4L 109 0 106 Running
20 6 72 C Conway -5L 108 4 108 Camshaft
21 30 1 M Dillinger -6L 107 0 100 Running
22 24 50 G Macena -9L 104 0 97 Running
23 28 44 E Jenkins -22L 91 0 94 Susp
24 20 98 S Harrow -34L 79 0 91 Piston
25 29 14 G Hadaway -36L 77 0 88 Piston
26 23 02 R Truro, Jr. -43L 70 0 85 Header
27 21 99 K Miller -47L 66 0 82 Valve
28 18 20 C Swift -57L 56 0 79 Engine
29 32 10 D Leckliter -66L 47 0 76 Gearbox
30 19 00 J Clagett -72L 41 0 73 Ignition
31 2 11 B Laughlin -77L 36 0 70 Retired
32 4 21 C Lester -78L 35 7 72 Engine
33 13 2 B Atkins -81L 32 0 64 Clutch
34 9 26 S Libra -86L 27 5 66 Header
35 31 76 R McKee -93L 20 0 58 Retired
36 1 29 R McBrien -93L 20 0 55 Retired
37 12 75 W Carmichael -94L 19 0 52 Accident
38 35 0 M Nishikino -94L 19 0 49 Accident
39 25 66 D Donohue -103L 10 1 51 Ignition
40 15 82 J Sanders -108L 5 0 43 Retired

Chase Standings:

1. Grant Macintosh (1 win)
2. Ruby McBrien (1 win)
3. Ryan Matthews (+83)
4. Chiyo Minami (+54)
5. Bradley Carlisle (+48)
6. Breyton Green (+35)
7. Kevin Miller (+35)
8. Ross Carter (+10)
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9. Ike Durbin (-9)
10. Gabriel Macena (-36)
11. Matilda Dillinger (-46)
12. Frank McBrien (-97)

Standings:

Pos +/- Driver ST W T5 T10 AvFP P AvSP PTS BF/BN
1 +1 G Macintosh 26 5 11 13 14.54 4 5.92 3235 0/0

2 -1 R Matthews 26 2 11 13 13.73 2 8.23 3194 41/41

3 +4 C Minami 26 1 6 8 19.08 0 18.46 3165 70/29

4 +1 B Carlisle 26 2 6 9 18.54 6 6.35 3159 76/6

5 +4 B Green 26 0 8 15 14.19 0 18.85 3146 89/13

6 -3 K Miller 26 0 7 14 14.96 0 17.65 3146 89/0

7 -3 R McBrien 26 3 7 11 18.00 3 10.69 3132 103/14

8 -2 R Carter 25 0 3 8 17.84 0 14.32 3121 114/11

9 -1 I Durbin 26 0 3 8 20.27 0 19.92 3102 133/19

10 -- G Macena 26 0 4 8 18.88 1 16.92 3075 160/27

11 -- M Dillinger 26 4 9 11 15.62 0 8.12 3065 170/10

12 -- F McBrien 24 2 5 9 15.58 2 7.54 3014 221/51

13 -- E Jenkins 25 0 4 10 19.08 0 20.60 2210 1025/804

14 -- B Atkins 26 2 8 12 16.92 2 7.46 2197 1038/13

15 -- C Lester 26 0 6 10 17.42 0 9.69 2191 1044/6

16 -- E Vance 26 4 8 8 20.58 2 8.38 2180 1055/11

17 -- C Swift 26 0 5 9 20.12 0 16.81 947 2288/1233

18 +2 P Vaughn 26 0 1 5 19.38 0 29.19 847 2388/100

19 -- R Truro, Jr. 25 0 1 7 19.92 0 18.40 827 2408/20

20 -2 M Nishikino 26 0 2 5 20.46 0 27.35 823 2412/4

21 +1 J Clagett 25 0 2 5 20.36 0 16.16 794 2441/29

22 -1 D Donohue 26 0 1 6 21.27 0 18.96 793 2442/1

23 -- R McKee 26 0 2 5 22.27 0 25.00 762 2473/31

24 +1 M Montellini 24 0 1 5 19.63 0 22.13 752 2483/10

25 -1 S Harrow 26 0 0 3 20.62 0 25.38 747 2488/5

26 -- W Carmichael 26 0 0 2 21.62 0 24.04 695 2540/52

27 +2 L Forrester 26 0 1 5 22.69 0 25.35 692 2543/3

28 -- J Eichholtz 26 0 0 4 23.73 0 18.58 670 2565/22

29 -2 J Sanders 26 0 0 1 23.12 1 23.65 651 2584/19

30 -- D Leckliter 26 0 0 2 22.46 0 26.73 629 2606/22

31 -- H Tsushima 12 1 1 4 14.92 2 24.17 524 2711/105

32 -- D Dent 24 0 0 0 25.88 0 34.50 445 2790/79

33 -- B Stansfield 15 0 1 3 20.53 0 27.00 434 2801/11

34 -- D Williams 25 0 0 0 27.16 0 34.40 432 2803/2

35 +2 N Yazawa 10 0 2 4 15.10 1 22.80 426 2809/6

36 -1 D Johnson 21 0 0 0 24.86 0 35.33 410 2825/16

37 -1 M McAllister 22 0 0 0 26.95 0 35.86 375 2860/35

38 +2 Y Kunikida 12 0 1 3 22.50 0 28.83 361 2874/14

39 -1 M Hanley 11 0 1 3 20.00 0 16.91 349 2886/12

40 -1 B Ward 13 0 0 0 23.31 0 32.31 294 2941/55

41 -- C Conway 9 0 0 2 20.33 0 14.33 282 2953/12

42 -- N Balandier 9 0 0 1 19.78 0 24.22 256 2979/26

43 -- G Hadaway 9 0 0 1 22.00 0 23.89 234 3001/22

44 -- S Libra 6 0 2 2 22.00 0 14.17 212 3023/22

45 -- N Prowse 7 0 0 1 19.86 0 16.57 201 3034/11

46 +2 M Johnson 5 0 0 1 20.40 0 26.20 154 3081/47

47 -1 R Matsuura 6 0 0 0 21.67 0 32.33 150 3085/4

48 +2 T Benatar 5 0 0 1 22.00 0 32.20 134 3101/16

49 -2 S Peterson 6 0 0 0 25.50 0 36.00 121 3114/13

50 +2 B Perrin 5 0 0 0 25.60 0 24.60 103 3132/18

51 -2 B Collins 2 0 0 1 14.00 0 31.00 81 3154/22

52 -1 G Carter 2 0 0 1 21.50 0 30.50 68 3167/13

53 -- B Boyd 1 0 0 1 9.00 0 32.00 55 3180/13

54 -- B Laughlin 2 0 0 0 29.50 0 19.50 27 3208/28
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