Elliott spins out Dillon on final lap to win in Canada
Bowmanville, ON (Sports Network) - Chase Elliott won in the Camping World Truck Series for the first time after spinning out leader Austin Dillon on the last turn of the final lap in Sunday's inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Elliott, the 17-year-old son of former NASCAR Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, ran right behind Dillon in second during the last lap. With Dillon running very low on fuel, Elliott pulled even with him in a fierce battle for the win.
Heading into the 10th and final turn of this 2.459-mile road course, Elliott bumped into the side of Dillon and spun him out before he slammed into the barrier. Elliott ran off course and onto the grass but got back on track and then crossed the finish line in first.
"We only have so many shots to win these things, and I really hate to win them like that," Elliott said. "That's not how I race. It's never how I've raced before. I had a shot when I was up next to Ty. I knew he was going to try to chop me off. I tried to make up the difference. Sometimes you got to do what you got to do to be able to get to victory lane."
With major damage to the front end of his truck, Dillon drove across the line in 17th.
"I was doing all that I could to hold (Elliott) off," Dillon said. "We were battling through (turn) 8, and he just gave up on trying to race and dumped me. He ran through the field and wrecked three or four people. He just doesn't have any respect.
"It was going to be an awesome points day for us, and I was racing hard. But you just don't go racing through the grass and wreck somebody. It killed our truck and killed our day. It's just disappointing. You got to be smarter than that when you come into these race to be able to earn respect."
Elliott's maiden truck victory came in just his sixth start. He is driving the No. 94 Chevrolet in trucks this season, with Lance McGrew serving as his crew chief. Elliott has finished no worse than sixth in the series.
"I'm happy for him," McGrew said. "He was fast enough to win and definitely deserved to win. His truck was great all weekend. He's did a great job, and he's a heck of a race car driver."
Chad Hackenbracht finished 3.1 seconds behind Elliott in the runner-up spot. Miguel Paludo took the third spot, while Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ron Hornaday Jr. completed the top-five.
Points leader Matt Crafton finished 10th and now holds a 47-point lead over defending series champion James Buescher, who placed ninth after starting on the pole. Dillon is now 63 points behind Crafton.
This 64-lap race was the first time the Truck Series competed in Canada. The series also had its first road-course event since June 2000 at Watkins Glen International.
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