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Bourdais enjoys strong drive to sixth after starting last at Mid-Ohio

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It didn’t result in a victory, or even a top five, but Sebastien Bourdais had arguably the drive of the day during Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

A crash in qualifying forced Bourdais to start last on the grid in 24th, and while he started the day slowly, his charge to the front was ignited after his opening pit stop.

Bourdais was one of the first to pit, his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan team pitting him on Lap 11, and doing so put Bourdais in clean air and allowed him to set fast laps without being impeded.

As such, he was able to jump around drivers like Conor Daly and Charlie Kimball during the exchange of stops, and he was knocking on the door of the top 10 a third of the way through.

On Lap 35, Bourdais knocked that door down, making an outside pass on Zach Veach entering Turn 5 for tenth.

Indeed, Bourdais made a habit of using the outside line to make passes, as evidenced by the below overtakes on Takuma Sato and Simon Pagenaud.

And the relentless Bourdais did not let up in the final stint. The above pass on Pagenaud gave him seventh, and he made a similar move on Ryan Hunter-Reay to grab sixth in the final laps.

All told, Bourdais bulldozed his way from 24th all the way to sixth at the checkered flag.

Still, despite the strong effort, Bourdais couldn’t help but wonder what might have been if he didn’t have to come from last on the grid.

“Today was making up for a big mess up yesterday. It’s sad, as this car could have been a winner today with our pace,” Bourdais revealed.

“It was a heck of drive and I don’t think it gets much better than that going from 24th to 6th in a straight-up fight on a track that’s difficult to pass. Obviously, it was a lot of ‘what ifs’ that come to mind. Really happy with the day, but quite disappointed for the group as far as the weekend is concerned, as I think we could have been on the podium.”

The Frenchman now enters the two-week break ahead of the ABC Supply 500 (August 19, NBCSN) tenth in the standings, eight points ahead of Marco Andretti.

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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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