Ryan Dungey gets first Supercross win of season at Anaheim III

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Now that he has the championship lead, Ryan Dungey has no intention of letting it go. The Red Bull KTM rider captured his first 450SX victory of the season Saturday night at Anaheim III.

In the main event, Dungey got a good start and tracked down holeshot winner Blake Baggett to take over the lead on the second lap. From there, Dungey was able to open up a gap of a few seconds over the rest of the field on his way to the checkered flag.

After losing the lead, Baggett was shuffled back to seventh place by the end of the race, but it was a new career-best for the 450 Class rookie.

Another rookie in the class, Cole Seely, turned in his best ride of the season with a second-place finish. Eli Tomac made a late charge to pass Ken Roczen on the final lap to secure a third-place result and a spot on the podium.

Five rounds into the season, Dungey has now increased his title lead to 11 points over Roczen thanks to his consistency. Dungey has yet to finish worse than fourth, and he has seemingly gotten better with each passing week.

In the 250 Class, the expected fireworks between Cooper Webb and Tyler Bowers never materialized, but there was still drama.

When the main event got underway, Zach Osborne’s gate failed to drop due to a malfunction. Officials eventually made the decision to red flag the race and restart it from scratch, but not before five laps had already been competed. Webb had just taken over the lead and was fired up about having to completely restart the race.

It wouldn’t matter much for Webb though. When the gate dropped for a second time, he got another strong start and found himself trailing Jessy Nelson. Nelson successfully fended him off for eight laps, but Webb eventually got around him en route to his third 250SX win in the last four races.

Nelson held on to finish second, while Webb’s rookie teammate on the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha squad, Aaron Plessinger, earned a career best third-place finish.

With the win, Webb was able to open up an even bigger cushion in the points lead. Two of his biggest challengers – Tyler Bowers and Malcolm Stewart – both had crashes that shuffled them to the rear of the field and left them scrambling to salvage points.

The series resumes next Saturday in San Diego.

Anaheim III 450SX Results
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Cole Seely (-2.3 seconds)
3. Eli Tomac
4. Ken Roczen
5. Trey Canard

450SX Point Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, 107
2. Ken Roczen, 96
3. Eli Tomac, 84
4. Trey Canard, 84
5. Jason Anderson, 74

Anaheim III 250SX Results
1. Cooper Webb
2. Jessy Nelson (-3.6 seconds)
3. Aaron Plessinger
4. Zach Osborne
5. Matt Bisceglia

250SX Point Standings
1. Cooper Webb, 111
2. Jessy Nelson, 93
3. Zach Osborne, 87
4. Tyler Bowers, 84
5. Justin Hill, 78

Meyer Shank Racing wins Petit Le Mans to take final DPi championship in dramatic finale

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Meyer Shank Racing outdueled Wayne Taylor Racing to win the Petit Le Mans and clinch the championship in a thrilling final race for the DPi division.

Tom Blomqvist, who started from the pole position, drove the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 to a 4.369-second victory over Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac.

“That was incredible,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Matt Yocum. “I’ve never dug so deep in my life. The adrenaline. I did that for the guys. I was so motivated to win this thing this weekend. But I’ve got to thank everyone on the whole team.”

With co-drivers Oliver Jarvis and Helio Castroneves, Blomqvist helped MSR bookend its season-opening victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by winning Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Michelin Road Atlanta.

In between those two victories, the No. 60 earned five runner-up finishes to stay in the thick of the championship hunt and trail WTR’s No. 10 Acura by 14 points entering Saturday’s race.

WTR’s Filipe Albuquerque had a lead of more than 10 seconds over Blomqvist with less than 50 minutes remaining in the 10-hour race.

But a Turn 1 crash between the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillacs brought out a yellow that sent both Acuras into the pits from the top two positions.

Though he entered in second, Blomqvist barely beat Albuquerque out of the pits, and he held the lead for the final 45 minutes.

Blomqvist said he gained the lead because of a shorter fuel fill after he had worked on being efficient in the second-to-last stint.

“The team asked a big job of me with the fuel; I had a big fuel number to hit,” Blomqvist said. “We knew that was probably our only chance. The yellow came at the right time and obviously we had a bit less fuel to fill up, so I was able to jump him and then it was just a matter of going gung-ho and not leaving anything on the line. And obviously, the opposition had to try too hard to make it work. I’m so thankful.”

Albuquerque closed within a few car lengths of Blomqvist with 14 minutes remaining, but he damaged his suspension because of contact with a GT car in Turn 1.

It’s the first prototype championship for Meyer Shank Racing, which also won the 2021 Indy 500 with Castroneves.

“We’ve had in the last four years, three championships for Acura, the Indy 500 win and the Rolex 24, it doesn’t get any better,” team co-owner Mike Shank told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee.

It’s the third consecutive runner-up finish in the points standings for Wayne Taylor Racing, which won the first Daytona Prototype international championship in 2017. The premier category will be rebranded as the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with the LMDh cars that will establish a bridge to racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kamui Kobayashi finished third in the No. 48 Cadillac of Action Express that also includes Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller.

The podium showing marked Johnson’s last scheduled race in IMSA’s top prototype division. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has raced in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac lineup as the Action Express entry has run the Endurance Cup races.

Johnson said a lack of inventory will preclude him having a 2023 ride in the top category. But he still is hopeful of racing the Garage 56 Next Gen Camaro in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and possibly running in a lower class for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“I’d love to be at Le Mans next year,” Johnson told NBC Sports’ Dillon Welch after his final stint Saturday. “I’d love to be at the Rolex 24. The series is going through a shake-up with the reconfiguration of the rules and classes, so I don’t have anything locked down yet, but I’m so thankful for this experience with Action. The support Ally has given us, Mr. Hendrick, Chad Knaus, all of Hendrick Motorsports. It’s been a fun two years, and I certainly hope I’m on the grid again next year.”