Wild Win to Elliott in Canada
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on September 1, 2013 | 4:00 P.M. EST
Elliott scored his first career win in his sixth NCWTS start. (Photo: Getty Images)
Chase Elliott made contact with leader Ty Dillon on the final turn and went by to take the win in Sunday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Dillon and Elliott were involved in a torrid battle for the top spot in the closing laps of Sunday’s inaugural visit to the twisting Canadian road course. They were side-by-side for the lead several times on the final circuit as Dillon tried to fend off Elliott while also facing the prospect of running out of fuel.
On the final turn Elliott got into the left rear of Dillon’s truck spinning him around and into the grass and was able to speed way for the checkered flag.
Elliott, the 17-year-old son of former NASCAR star Bill Elliott, scored his first career win in his sixth NCWTS start. He became the 11th different winner of 2013 and the third to score their first career victory.
“We only have so many shots to win these things. I really hate to win them like that, I really do,” Elliott said. “That’s not how I race and that’s never been how I’ve raced before. I had a shot. I was up next to Ty and I knew he was going to try and chop me off. I tried to make up the difference.
“Like I said, I don’t like to win like that. Sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get to victory lane.”
Both driver’s crews confronted each other on pit road in the aftermath of the incident. An angry Dillon confronted Elliott when he pulled his into the pits after the race had ended.
“I was doing all I could to hold him off," said Dillon. "We were clean through eight and he just gave up on trying to race and dumped me. He ran through the field and wrecked three or four people. He just doesn’t have any respect.
“It was going to be an awesome point day for us and I was racing hard, but you just don’t go through the grass and wreck somebody. It killed our truck, it killed our day. You’ve got to be smarter than that when you come in these races. You’ve got to earn respect. I hope he runs Iowa. He won’t finish the race,”
Dillon wound up finishing 17th.
But the scuffle between the front two drivers wasn’t the only last lap altercation. Michael Skeen and Max Papis made contact several times racing for position and their emotions boiled over after the race as well.
“Max had gotten into our bumper a bunch of times,” said Skeen, a road racing specialist who was making his truck series debut Sunday "He was trying to pull me over and have a fight. I think it was kind of silly.”
Papis spoke his peace as well, but not before enduring a slap in the face by a woman who is believed to be associated with Skeen.
"The guy just came behind me on one to go and he was on bumper. That's not what you do,” said Papis. "He doesn't have courage to come and tell me. That was move of someone who left brain at home.”
Chad Hackenbracht was able to sneak by the last lap fireworks to score a career best second place finish.
Miguel Paludo, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ron Hornaday Jr. rounded out the top five.
Max Papis, Ross Chastain, Timothy Peters, James Buescher and Matt Crafton completed the first ten finishers.
The race was the first series event held in Canada and marked the trucks return to a road course after 13 years.
Crafton leads Buescher by 47 points in the standings with Dillon, Jeb Burton and Paludo rounding out the top five.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to Iowa Speedway next Sunday afternoon, September 8th.