NASCAR: Chase Elliott Wins a Wild North of the Border Showdown

By Michael Guzman
Chase Elliott
Matthew O’Haren-USA Today Sports

Canadian Tire Motorsports Park hosted the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race north of the border, which ended in certainly one of the wildest finishes of the NASCAR season, regardless of series.

Chase Elliott took the victory over Ty Dillon, who was battling fuel pickup issues the last few laps. Dillon opened up the door on the last corner for Elliott, who had the fastest truck all day, and when he attempted to slam it shut, Elliott simply spun him. It marked one of the wildest last laps I have ever seen, as both third and fourth place Mike Skeen and Max Papis also had major contact in the penultimate corner, allowing rookie Chad Hackenbracht to take his Kyle Busch Motorsports entry to second place.

Road course racing always tends to lean a bit to the bizarre side, and this race was no exception. While championship leader Matt Crafton ran a relatively quiet race, many of his contenders were relegated to poor finishes. The bad blood spilled over into the garage unlike anything that has been seen, even at Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.

Papis was essentially attacked on pit road after this race, being slapped by someone who most people on social media believe was Skeen’s significant other. Although certainly more entertaining, it was not even the most intriguing rivalry born today on Canadian soil.

“I told [Chase] if he runs Iowa he’s not going to finish it. We’ll give it back.” Those were strong words proclaimed by Dillon to MRN Radio about the last lap wreck that cost him a victory. Dillon also went on to say that he has no respect for Elliott, meaning that as the both of them develop and move on to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the bad blood should follow them up the ranks.

Once again, the attention shifts back to NASCAR. The sport adamant about reincarnating the boys’ have at it short track mentality has found a new artery of excitement, capable of attracting an entirely new fan base. Road course racing is no longer a gimmick, and as seen today, the formula for a great race featured both right and left turns once again.

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