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SRX results at Sharon Speedway: Marco Andretti wins championship as Chase Elliott takes the race

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Throughout his racing career, the expectations surrounding Marco Andretti were enormous, and their weight increasingly weighed on the third-generation racer as he tried to reach the same category as his grandfather Mario and his father Michael. But hey, Marco Andretti can stand alongside his famous grandfather and accomplished father, because he himself is a champion.

In the Camping World SRX Series season finale at Sharon Speedway, Chase Elliott was able to pass Tony Stewart in the closing laps and then hold him off to earn his second SRX victory in as many races of the series. But behind Elliott, the race for the championship turned into a battle of attrition, as a series of late-race crashes forced Marco Andretti to have his car repaired and backtracked just enough to win the 2022 SRX Championship. by two. points on Ryan Newman.

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Andretti’s SRX championship is the first championship for the Andretti family since Michael Andretti won the CART IndyCar World Series championship in 1991. Despite not having a win in all six SRX races this season, Andretti has could win the title. thanks to his performances in the heats as well as several second places throughout the season.

SRX results at Sharon Speedway

  1. #9 – Chase Elliott
  2. #14 – Tony Stuart
  3. #5 – Matt Kenseth
  4. #1 – Ryan Hunter Reay
  5. #18 – Bobby Labonte
  6. 69 – Greg Biffle
  7. 12 – Ryan Blaney
  8. 39-Ryan Newman
  9. #98 – Marco Andretti
  10. #3 – Paul Tracy
  11. 6 – Tony Kanan
  12. #10 – David Blaney
  13. #15 – Michael Waltrip

In the first half of Saturday night’s race, it looked like the race for the championship would be at the front of the field, with Andretti trying to topple title rival Ryan Newman while Bobby Labonte also put on a show. Then, on a lap 32 restart, everything changed.

Andretti attempted a three-wide dive bomb for the lead in Turn 1 which went wrong, as it spun Newman and caused extensive damage to the right front wing of Andretti’s car. After heading to the pits to have his car repaired, Andretti was heading back through the field when he was picked up in an accident again involving Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dave Blaney and Newman.

Andretti retired to have his damage repaired once more, then moved up to ninth place at the checkered flag despite his own physical damage.

“I broke my wrist in that last little thing. My thumb got stuck in the steering wheel. So it was a painful couple of laps,” Andretti told CBS Sports. “But I just wanted to cover and finish where I needed to finish, and we were able to do that. That thing was pretty tough tonight.”

As Andretti had to scramble just to finish the race, Elliott used the outside line to get around Stewart, then pulled away from one of his old racing heroes in the closing laps to win the SRX Final for second. year in one line.

β€œTo sit there and run around the dirt with one of my heroes over there in Tony Stewart and throw a few sliders with him (means the most),” Elliott told CBS Sports. “Obviously it’s a little different from the open-wheel stuff – but just knowing how good he is at this stuff and being able to carve it and run with it…I actually thought he was better than me running ahead, and then I got to watch it at the top and finally do a few things there.”

Elliott was one of two NASCAR Cup Series intruders on the field, as Ryan Blaney also made the trip from nearby Pocono Raceway to compete on the dirt track in Hartford Township, Ohio, owned by his family and friends. his father Dave Blaney. Despite crashing early in round one – knocking him out all the way to the main event – Ryan was able to win the battle of the Blaneys by finishing seventh after his father was involved in an accident late in the game. race.

Elliott’s victory and Andretti’s championship concludes the 2022 Camping World SRX Series season, which has seen five different winners from six races. Tony Stewart led the series in wins, taking the checkered flag in both South Boston on asphalt and I-55 on dirt. While NASCAR drivers like Stewart, Elliott, Newman and Labonte won four out of five races, Andretti was able to claim the championship for the series’ IndyCar contingent, which also picked up a win from Helio Castroneves in the opener. the season at Five Flags Speedway.

While most SRXs will return to their day jobs β€” whether it’s running errands, farming or brewing beer β€” Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney will head back to Pocono for tomorrow’s M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400, as they resume their quest for a NASCAR Cup Series Championship.

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