(CHASE RACE #10) STARS Championship 400 @ Las Vegas

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(CHASE RACE #10) STARS Championship 400 @ Las Vegas

Post by BJA95 on Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:13 am

Ganbaruby! Ruby McBrien takes the title at Las Vegas

Incredible scenes shook up Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night as rookie driver Ruby McBrien took home the STARS Lowe's International Series title as her father, Frank McBrien, in his last career start, took home a convincing victory to cap off a historic career. Ruby McBrien finished fourth, with Bradley Carlisle about 6 seconds back in fifth, while Ross Carter could only manage an eleventh place finish; his car fading fast at the end of the race.

Kevin Miller limped home to finish twenty-second after a crash caused severe damage to his car around the halfway mark. Miller was in front of a four-wide situation when Tyler Everett, making his debut, and Elliott Jenkins made contact, turning Miller around into the wall, setting off a multi-car melee. Miller spoke to Everett post race, but Miller was seen smiling and shook Tyler Everett's hand after the race.

The only other incident involved race winner Frank McBrien, as he got into Hanamaru Tsushima, turning her into the turn 3 wall.

The championship picture flip-flopped over the last run of the race, however. Ruby McBrien had been the highest running championship driver for most of the early running while Frank McBrien and Ben Atkins battled for the early lead, but during green flag pitstops in the final green flag run, McBrien pit on her own, around ten laps earlier than anyone else. It was speculated that she had a problem with the car and was eliminated from championship contention.

Control was then handed to Ross Carter, who was running way ahead of Bradley Carlisle, who pitted under the yellow, losing vital track position, but Carter was caught by Carlisle, who took the position away. However, they had to go through their green flag pitstops, and while Carlisle, Carter and the rest of the field struggled on old tires, McBrien focused on making up time on her new tires; and it worked. She emerged from the pits well inside the top 3, and way ahead of Carlisle and Carter.

The closing laps were nerve-wracking, as Caitlin Conway battled with Ruby McBrien for the fourth position, before McBrien handed it to her, choosing not to battle. Conway had an engine failure right in front of McBrien with just three laps to go, but the youngster got off the track, meaning there would not be an overtime attempt.

McBrien's car was fading away fast at the end, but as her father capped off his career with a win, she put herself in the record books, becoming the youngest ever champion.

It was an emotional championship circle, as Frank McBrien chose not to go to victory lane. Instead, he was handed his race trophy alongside his daughter. When Ruby McBrien climbed from her car to celebrate, her father was the first there to share an emotional embrace with her.

"I'm not a man of emotion, really." said Frank McBrien, not holding back tears today, "This... is the best moment of my life, though. I didn't sleep last night because I was so nervous for Ruby. It didn't really sink in that this was my last race until... well... about five laps to go. My thoughts were a mess at the end. I was getting my spotter, Jay, to give me updates on Ruby too. It's... just incredible."

Ruby McBrien was also in tears after her triumph, as drivers from the STARS paddock congratulated her; including ATK Motorsports drivers Ben Atkins and Grant Macintosh, McBrien Racing teammates Evie Vance and Bradley Carlisle, as well as Kevin Miller and Elliott Jenkins.

"This just... I'm in shock." said Ruby McBrien, "I never thought... I never really believed entering this year that this would be possible... but we did it! It's a lot of emotion at the moment... Dad's win and retirement, the championship and the fans reception... heck."

"It's a dream. That's what it feels like at the moment... I'm just so happy! We did our Rubesty and it was enough to bring us here!"

Bradley Carlisle, although one spot shy, was not beat up by coming up short today.

"We put our all into it, but the crew chief and driver in that #29 team earned it today," said Carlisle, "It's great to see the young talent come and rise to the challenge, and I'd like to congratulate Ruby on her first of many, I'm sure! We'll put our heads together and mount a charge for the big prize in 2018!"

On top of the title fight, the Triple Crown title was handed to Ryan Matthews in a photo finish with Matilda Dillinger, as they battled for second place.

The off-season begins as teams set their sights on the beginning of the New York speed weeks at the beginning of February next year!

Results:

F S # DRIVER INTERVAL LAPS LED POINTS STATUS
1 6 11 F McBrien 163.849 121 61* 185 Running
2 4 6 R Matthews -3.52 121 0 170 Running
3 11 1 M Dillinger -3.53 121 7 170 Running
4 7 29 R McBrien -9.62 121 0 160 Running
5 3 92 B Carlisle -15.40 121 0 155 Running
6 19 44 E Jenkins -16.30 121 0 150 Running
7 15 18 M Hanley -16.88 121 0 146 Running
8 22 65 I Durbin -17.05 121 0 142 Running
9 10 26 S Libra -17.34 121 0 138 Running
10 20 50 G Macena -17.70 121 0 134 Running
11 16 28 R Carter -17.93 121 0 130 Running
12 23 88 B Green -21.57 121 0 127 Running
13 9 20 C Swift -21.96 121 0 124 Running
14 1 12 G Macintosh -22.67 121 1 126 Running
15 14 86 M Montellini -28.44 121 0 118 Running
16 30 75 W Carmichael -28.76 121 0 115 Running
17 39 76 R McKee -1L 120 0 112 Running
18 25 02 T Everett -1L 120 0 109 Running
19 36 9 M Johnson -1L 120 0 106 Running
20 31 89 L Forrester -1L 120 0 103 Running
21 34 0 M Nishikino -1L 120 0 100 Running
22 26 99 K Miller -1L 120 0 97 Running
23 24 31 J Eichholtz -1L 120 0 94 Running
24 18 22 C Minami -1L 120 0 91 Running
25 8 21 C Lester -1L 120 3 93 Running
26 29 14 G Hadaway -2L 119 0 85 Running
27 32 10 D Leckliter -2L 119 0 82 Running
28 40 82 J Sanders -2L 119 0 79 Running
29 35 24 P Vaughn -2L 119 0 76 Running
30 37 55 N Yazawa -2L 119 0 73 Running
31 12 72 C Conway -3L 118 0 70 Valve
32 38 77 B Ward -3L 118 0 67 Running
33 27 98 S Harrow -3L 118 0 64 Running
34 28 15 N Prowse -3L 118 0 61 Running
35 33 08 Y Kunikida -5L 116 0 58 Running
36 5 19 E Vance -5L 116 0 55 Running
37 17 66 D Donohue -10L 111 0 52 Accident
38 2 2 B Atkins -33L 88 49 54 Gearbox
39 21 01 H Tsushima -71L 50 0 46 Accident
40 13 00 J Clagett -79L 42 0 43 Clutch

Points Standings:

Pos +/- Driver ST W T5 T10 AvFP P AvSP PTS BF/BN
1 +3 R McBrien 30 4 10 15 16.23 3 9.93 4080 0/0

2 -1 B Carlisle 30 2 8 11 17.57 6 6.30 4075 5/5

3 -- R Carter 29 0 4 9 18.21 0 14.48 4047 33/28

4 -2 K Miller 30 0 8 17 14.33 0 17.40 4021 59/26

5 -- M Dillinger 30 5 12 15 14.10 1 8.03 2564 1516/1457

6 -- R Matthews 30 2 12 14 14.43 2 8.07 2543 1537/21

7 -- G Macintosh 30 5 12 14 15.67 5 6.13 2493 1587/50

8 -- B Green 30 0 8 16 14.97 0 18.90 2456 1624/37

9 +2 F McBrien 28 3 7 12 15.18 2 7.75 2431 1649/25

10 -1 C Minami 30 1 6 8 19.23 0 18.57 2371 1709/60

11 +4 E Jenkins 29 0 4 11 18.83 0 20.21 2367 1713/4

12 +2 I Durbin 30 0 3 10 20.23 0 19.33 2361 1719/6

13 -3 E Vance 30 5 9 9 20.73 2 8.00 2349 1731/12

14 -1 C Lester 30 0 7 11 18.27 1 9.03 2324 1756/25

15 -3 B Atkins 30 2 9 13 17.63 2 7.20 2322 1758/2

16 -- G Macena 30 0 4 10 19.07 1 17.00 2307 1773/15

17 -- C Swift 30 0 5 9 19.73 0 16.87 1077 3003/1230

18 +1 R McKee 30 0 2 7 21.03 0 25.63 944 3136/133

19 -1 D Donohue 30 0 2 7 21.23 0 18.73 937 3143/7

20 +1 R Truro, Jr. 29 0 1 7 20.24 0 18.66 926 3154/11

21 -1 P Vaughn 30 0 1 5 20.30 0 29.33 915 3165/11

22 -- M Nishikino 30 0 2 5 21.03 0 27.67 903 3177/12

23 -- J Clagett 29 0 2 5 21.34 0 15.72 867 3213/36

24 -- M Montellini 28 0 1 5 19.68 0 22.79 866 3214/1

25 -- L Forrester 30 0 1 5 21.77 0 25.73 828 3252/38

26 -- J Eichholtz 30 0 0 5 22.97 0 19.00 812 3268/16

27 -- S Harrow 30 0 0 3 22.07 0 25.33 796 3284/16

28 +1 W Carmichael 30 0 0 2 21.73 0 24.57 784 3296/12

29 -1 D Leckliter 30 0 1 3 21.90 0 27.00 770 3310/14

30 -- J Sanders 30 0 0 2 23.23 1 25.23 744 3336/26

31 -- H Tsushima 15 1 1 4 18.93 2 24.80 548 3532/196

32 -- D Williams 28 0 0 1 26.50 0 34.57 523 3557/25

33 -- D Dent 27 0 0 0 25.48 0 34.78 510 3570/13

34 -- N Yazawa 12 0 2 5 15.58 1 24.50 509 3571/1

35 -- D Johnson 24 0 0 0 25.04 0 35.42 460 3620/49

36 -- B Stansfield 15 0 1 3 20.53 0 27.00 434 3646/26

37 +2 M Hanley 13 0 1 4 19.54 0 16.85 430 3650/4

38 -1 Y Kunikida 15 0 1 3 23.47 0 29.20 415 3665/15

39 -1 M McAllister 24 0 0 0 27.00 0 36.08 406 3674/9

40 -- G Hadaway 12 0 1 2 20.58 0 24.92 354 3726/52

41 -- C Conway 13 0 0 2 23.23 1 12.00 342 3738/12

42 -- B Ward 14 0 0 0 23.93 0 32.71 305 3775/37

43 -- M Johnson 9 0 0 2 18.44 0 29.11 297 3783/8

44 +2 S Libra 7 0 2 3 20.14 0 13.57 267 3813/30

45 -1 N Balandier 9 0 0 1 19.78 0 24.22 256 3824/11

46 -1 N Prowse 9 0 0 1 20.78 0 18.33 248 3832/8

47 -- T Benatar 6 0 0 1 22.67 0 31.17 151 3929/97

48 -- R Matsuura 6 0 0 0 21.67 0 32.33 150 3930/1

49 -- S Peterson 6 0 0 0 25.50 0 36.00 121 3959/29

50 -- B Perrin 5 0 0 0 25.60 0 24.60 103 3977/18

51 -- B Collins 2 0 0 1 14.00 0 31.00 81 3999/22

52 -- G Carter 2 0 0 1 21.50 0 30.50 68 4012/11

53 -- B Boyd 1 0 0 1 9.00 0 32.00 55 4025/13

54 -- B Laughlin 2 0 0 0 29.50 0 19.50 27 4053/28
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