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Red Bull GRC: Foust salvages win for Andretti in Daytona race two

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Despite fires, gearbox changes and restarts, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross would not be denied following a trying weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Tanner Foust claimed his third victory of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season (Rounds 1, 2, Phoenix) in Round 5 in Daytona on Sunday.

Foust made it through to the lead in his No. 34 Volkswagen Beetle off the start and dominated the remainder of the 10-lap race to secure the victory.

It was a nice bounce back from the final on Saturday, when Foust hit a rough portion of the track – a hole – and fell out, directly into the path of Patrik Sandell.

Foust told Red Bull GRC reporter Kristen Kenney of his Saturday travails, “Unfortunately we shoveled a big hole and there was a big thing that tore the suspension off the car. Sandell had nowhere to go. I put the anchor out and he took us both out. I sent the pic to the organizers. Unfortunate trying to get it running, gearbox, and rolled out at very last second. Then had a couple second lead. I also feel for Scott’s team with that fire. There’s a lot to fix that damage like that.”

A much happier Foust checked in with Kenney after Sunday’s win:

“After the restart, people knew if either of us got out front it would be tough to catch. Cars have been fast. Team has done an amazing job. Fires, gearbox changes, it’s been dramatic. Hats off to the guys for amazing work. It was like bulldogs piling over the back.

Perhaps the bigger story was behind him. Teammate Scott Speed, who’d had more of a nightmare weekend, rallied to finish second in a backup car.

Speed had an engine change on Friday but things went from bad to worse on Saturday when he tried to limp home with a significant fire in his car then, while leading. The fire not only cost him the car, but a likely win which was in the offing after Foust and Sandell, the Round 3 winner at Dallas, collided once Foust hit a hole on the track.

“We shoulda walked out of here with the points lead,” Speed told Kenney after Saturday. “You try to stay positive, hope it turns around, but this race here has been a complete nightmare. We can’t do anything (right).”

But on Sunday, Speed had a needed runner-up finish to complete the VARX 1-2. He started ninth after being hit by Austin Dyne in the start of the second race, and because he was involved in a wreck, he moved to the back of the field.

Sebastian Eriksson, who scored his first and thus far only Red Bull GRC Supercars final win in Daytona last year, came third in the No. 93 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic Coupe.

Unofficially Foust leads Saturday winner Steve Arpin by 32 points and Speed by 39 after this race. Sandell and Brian Deegan, at 63 and 71 points back, complete the top five ahead of the two OMSE Hondas.

The series heads to MCAS New River for Rounds 6 and 7 in two weeks’ time (July 2-3, both 5 p.m. ET on NBC).

Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season
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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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