It’s been quite the bizarre week in NASCAR: Race manipulation tactics, massive penalties, and as of Friday afternoon, the inclusion of Jeff Gordon as a 13th driver to the Chase – a decision that has been met with either delight or disdain depending on your point of view.
So of course, it was only fitting that Abraham Lincoln dropped in to add even more surrealism to the proceedings at Chicagoland Speedway. Tonight’s EnjoyIllinois.com 225 for the Camping World Truck Series got underway after the command to start engines was given by Honest Abe himself.
Okay, okay, it wasn’t the real Lincoln. NASCAR CEO Brian France may have the authority to put Gordon in the Chase, but even he can’t bring America’s 16th President back from the Great Beyond.
But considering all of the madness that has ensued since last Saturday, having “Lincoln” telling the NASCAR Truck corps to start their engines seemed to put a proper period on it all. At least until the next controversy breaks.
As for the race itself, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski – both stepping away momentarily from their Sprint Cup duties – had a terrific late-race duel in the closing laps before Busch was able to score the win. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by points leader Matt Crafton in fourth, and Ty Dillon in fifth.
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British youngster Dan Ticktum took a dramatic victory in the 64th Macau Grand Prix on Sunday after the leading two cars crashed out at the final corner on the last lap of the race.
In an incident-packed race that saw front-row starters Joel Eriksson and Callum Ilott clash early on amid a litany of Full Course Yellows, Brazilian racer Sergio Sette Camara was able to move into the lead ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Maximilian Günther.
Günther’s pace dropped off in the closing stages as he struggled to keep his tires alive, causing a train of cars to form up behind him including McLaren youngster Lando Norris and the Red Bull-backed Ticktum.
Ticktum pulled off a brilliant double-pass on Norris and Günther around the outside of Lisboa to move up to third, with Sette Camara and Habsburg dueling for position right the way to the finish.
Habsburg attempted a brave pass around the outside of the Mandarin kink, but was forced to wait until the penultimate straight before he got a tow and was able to pass for the lead.
Drama then struck when both Habsburg and Sette Camara ran wide and crashed into the wall exiting the final fast right-hander by their own accord, paving the way for Ticktum to charge through to victory.
Norris and Ralf Aron benefited from the crashes to score second and third place respectively, while Habsburg was able to get to the checkered flag in fourth on three wheels.