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
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
"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
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