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Matt Brabham earns win and runner-up in Stadium Super Trucks at Toronto

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While still pursuing a full-time ride in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Matt Brabham is making quite a name for himself in Robby Gordon’s Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks Series.

Brabham earned his third win of the season this past Saturday in Toronto, defeating defending champion and Traxxas teammate Sheldon Creed.

With Creed literally riding his bumper, Brabham was able to hold on for the win in what a series press release called “a memorable win in what could be regarded as one of the great races since Stadium Super Trucks was inaugurated.”

Brabham had hoped to make it back-to-back wins in another race on the same course the following day, but fell one spot short, finishing second to Creed.

“In the second race, the other guys got through the traffic a bit better than I did, but I was able to bump draft with Robby (Gordon) and Sheldon and be right in the mix,” Brabham said. “In the closing stages there it again came down to Sheldon and I and we swapped the lead back and forth almost every corner.

“I got slightly ahead on the final lap and thought I could snatch the win right before the second last jump. However Sheldon and I touched and I had to bail out of the jumps at the last minute.

“Both races were crazy with lots of battles and a plenty of passing.”

A win and runner-up showing in two days allowed Brabham to maintain his lead in the series’ North American standings, and is a close second to Creed in the world championship standings.

“It was a fun weekend and I really enjoyed the hard racing and the show that the Traxxas Stadium Super Trucks were able to put on for the fans,” Brabham said in a media release. “I’m very happy to come away with the overall win for the weekend and maintain the Series lead.

“The whole weekend was a huge battle and really awesome. It feels great to get a win here in Toronto and a Traxxas one-two with Sheldon.”

Through the first 14 rounds of the series this season, Brabham has earned wins at Detroit (both races there in early June) and the first of this past weekend’s two Toronto races.

He also has runner-up finishes at St. Petersburg 1, Long Beach 1, Townsville 3 (Australia) and in this past weekend’s second Toronto race.

Brabham also has seven other finishes between third and fifth place, meaning he has never finished a race in the series this season lower than fifth place.

Other drivers that took part in the weekend’s SST racing action in Toronto included Canadian native and former IndyCar champ (and NBCSN IndyCar analyst) Paul Tracy, IndyCar driver Max Papis and 2016 Dakar motorcycle winner Toby Price.

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IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.

STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.