Recently, road courses have become some of the most exciting races of the entire NASCAR schedule.
Add what many claim to be the most exciting series in NASCAR on a road course and you have yourself a perfect combination.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made their first trip north of the border Sunday afternoon for the running of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
On a history making afternoon, son of NASCAR legend, Chase Elliott, showed his strength early in the race. The 17-year-old would take the lead for the first time on the third lap after starting the race in third.
Through varying pit strategies, the lead of the race would be changed numerous times.
However, two of the constant faces at the front of the field were Elliott and Ty Dillon.
On two completely different strategies, the two drivers found themselves fighting for the win with less than 20 laps to go.
Elliott, who pitted frequently for fuel, had to charge through the field to get back in contention for the lead.
Dillon, on the other hand, was trying to stretch the fuel in his tank to the end to pick up his second win of the 2013 season.
If Dillon wanted to make it to the end, he would need a caution. And get them he did.
A rash of cautions at the end of the race setup a restart with just five laps remaining.
Dillon found himself pulling away from the No.94 of Elliott out of the restart, but Elliott would find himself closing as Dillon began to feel his truck run out of fuel.
On the final lap, Elliott found himself at the bumper of Dillon’s No.3 truck. Coming off turn five, Elliott pulled alongside Dillon on the Andretti Straightaway heading into the final complex of corners.
Dillon cleared Elliott through turn 8, but Elliott found himself to the inside of Dillon in the tenth and final turn.
That’s when the two drivers made contact, sending Dillon into the tire barrier while Elliott took the checkered flag for his first win in the Camping World Truck Series.
“Well, we only have so many shots to win these things and I hate to win one like that, I really do,” Elliott said in victory lane.
“That’s not how I race and that’s never been how I’ve raced before. But, I had a shot.”
By winning, Elliott made history in multiple ways.
He became the first driver in Truck Series history to win a race outside of the United States and the youngest winner in series history at 17.
“I was up next to Ty and I knew he was going to try to chop me off and I tried to make up the difference,” Elliott said. “Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get in victory lane.”
While Elliott celebrated victory, Dillon was left with a wrecked truck and a 17th-place finish.
“He just gave up on trying to race and dumped me,” Dillon said about Elliott on the final lap. “He ran through the field, wrecked three or four people.
“Man, you just don’t go through the grass and wreck somebody. It killed our truck, killed our day. It’s just disappointing. You gotta be smarter than that when you come run these races. You gotta earn respect. Next time…..he won’t finish the race.”
The next race for the Camping World Truck Series is at the Iowa Speedway.
Chevrolet Silverado 250 Unofficial Results
- Chase Elliott
- Chad Hackenbracht
- Miguel Paludo
- Darrell Wallace Jr.
- Ron Hornaday Jr.
- Max Papis
- Ross Chastain
- Timothy Peters
- James Buescher
- Matt Crafton
- Bryan Silas
- John Wes Townley
- Mike Skeen
- Martin Roy
- German Quiroga
- Ryan Blaney
- Ty Dillon
- Brendan Gaughan
- Dakoda Armstrong
- Norm Benning
- Derek White
- Jeb Burton
- Jennifer Jo Cobb
- Max Gresham
- Alex Guenette
- Joey Coulter
- Brennan Newberry
- Johnny Sauter
- Carl Long
- Chris Lafferty