Chase Elliott made contact with Ty Dillon and sent him in to the tires on the final turn to win the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. It's Elliott's first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory on only his sixth start. The 17-year-old Elliott came into turn 10, the final corner on the inside of Ty Dillon's #3 Chevrolet Silverado. Dillon came down and Elliott came up and the two made contact sending Dillon hard into the outside tire barriers. It was a controversial victory for Elliott but the Dawsonville, Georgia native celebrated in victory lane.
"I hate to win them like that," Elliott said. "But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do."
Elliott's first NASCAR victory at a road course made him and his father Bill Elliott the first father-son combination in NASCAR history to win their first NASCAR races on a road course. Bill Elliott won his first NASCAR Cup event at Riverside in 1983.
Ty Dillon wound up finishing in the 16th position and was obviously very disappointed in the way Elliott raced. Dillon commented on the situation.
"I knew it was going to be tough, I did all I could," said Dillon, who is running for the Truck Series championship. "Then he dumped me. He doesn't have respect for anyone."
Dillon's mishap left Mike Skeen and Max Papis fighting for the second position. Skeen also went into turn 10 on the inside and made contact with Papis sending both into the tire barrier. Chad Hackenbracht, who was driving the #51 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports, slid by Dillon, Skeen and Papis to come home in the second position. Skeen and Papis would bang each others doors on the cool down lap and even led to Skeen coming up to Papis' truck on pit road at the end of the event. Skeen finished in the 12th position and Papis sixth.
Finishing in the third position was Miguel Paludo with Darrell Wallace Jr coming home fourth and Ron Hornaday Jr finishing fifth. Hornaday had a bit of controversy at the end of the race after he made contact with German Quiroga. Quiroga tried to reach Hornaday after the race but was stopped on pit road by a few crew members.
Papis, meanwhile, finished in the sixth position, with Ross Chastain finishing seventh, Timothy Peters finished eighth with defending truck series champion James Buescher coming home ninth and Matt Crafton finished in the tenth position.
While the Chevrolet Silverado 250 ended exciting it was a 64 lap event and started off as a fuel mileage race. James Buescher and Ryan Blaney led the field to green with Buescher pulling away. Chase Elliott moved around Blaney for second and set his sights on Buescher for the lead. One lap later Elliott would pass Buescher for the lead and begin to pull away from the field.
Elliott began to dominate the event in the early stages. On lap four, Timothy Peters spun in turn five. He would not hit anything in his #17 Toyota and the race would remain green.
On lap five Ryan Blaney came down pit road as his team decided to top the fuel off and to make it on two stops. On lap seven the races' first caution flag flew when Max Greshem stopped on the Andretti Backstretch. Greshem would continue but finish in the 24th position.
Most of the leaders would stop, however Chase Elliott, James Buescher and Miguel Paludo stayed out and Elliott and Buescher led the field to green on the lap 10 restart.
Elliott began to set a punishing pace on the field. Paludo would get around Buescher for second and he would try and chase down Elliott. Elliott's lead on lap 13 was 2.2 seconds. On lap 11 Johnny Sauter began experiencing issues. Sauter had a problem with the fuel tank in his racetruck and would have to remain on pit road to fix the problem. His team would fix the issue but Sauter would be several laps down. He finished 28th.
Not only was Sauter having issues but so did Joey Coulter who lost control of his #18 Toyota and plowed the tire barriers in turn eight. The race would stay green but his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra have significant damage. Coulter finished 26th.
Meanwhile in the front of the field it was all Chase Elliott. On lap 17 Elliott's lead was 3 seconds over the field. On lap 18 Dakoda Armstrong and John Wes Townley spun with each other in turn five but neither truck would have significant damage and the two would continue.
Elliott's pace in the front of the field continued to be impressive. He led by four seconds on lap 20 and while Elliott was leading his teammate Jeb Burton had transmission issues that put his #4 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet behind the wall. Burton would continue but would be several laps down but would finish 22nd.
Elliott would pit on lap 24 giving the lead to Ryan Blaney. Blaney was trying to hold off Ty Dillon when Dillon would pass him on lap 26. Blaney pitted as soon as the pass was made and Dillon was in command of the race. On lap 27 Johnny Sauter would stop in turn five. Sauter would re-fire his truck and the race would stay green. Sauter wasn't the only truck to have issues on lap 27. After Blaney made a pit stop he began to feel a vibration. Blaney felt the vibration the rest of the way as he had a collapsed A-Frame. He brought the #29 Ford F-150 home in the 16th position.
Dillon led until lap 31 when the races' second caution of the afternoon flew when Jennifer Jo Cobb's RAM stopped on the racetrack. Cobb would not continue and she finished 23rd.
The race would restart on lap 35 with German Quiroga in the lead. Quiroga stayed out on the track under the caution and was in the lead after the leaders pitted. He pulled away from the rest of the field but was forced to pit on lap 36. That put Miguel Paludo in the lead and he led until lap 44 when Alex Guenette stopped on the racetrack. Guenette was making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut for Sieg Racing. He would not continue and finished in the 25th position.
Miguel Paludo would pit under the caution giving the lead to Ty Dillon. Dillon, Mike Skeen and Chase Elliott led the field to the restart on lap 48. Elliott would pass Skeen for second on lap 49 and set his sights on Dillon. Dillon, however, had a big lead as he led by over two seconds.
On lap 56 the races fourth and final caution flew when Johnny Sauter stopped on the track. Sauter's issues weren't the only issues during the caution as Brendan Gaughan would find out he had a broke sway bar. Gaughan tried to nurse his #62 Richard Childress Racing home. Gaughan finished 18th.
The race restarted on lap 59 with Dillon in the lead with Chase Elliott alongside. Dillon last pitted on lap 31 and was trying to make it 31 laps on his fuel. On lap 63 he began to feel his Chevrolet Silverado sputter and thought he was running out of gas. Elliott closed right in on Dillon but could not get by.
On the final lap Elliott was right on Dillon's back bumper waiting for Dillon's truck to run out of gas. It didn't and Dillon had a slight advantage over Elliott as they came into the tenth and final turn on the Canadian road course. That's when controversy erupted when Dillon and Elliott made contact sending Dillon into the tire barrier on the outside of turn ten. Elliott, meanwhile, snuck underneath Dillon through the grass and sped away to his first Camping World Truck Series victory.
Matt Crafton remains the points leader after the Chevrolet Silverado 250 as he leads James Buescher by 47 points. Third in the standings is Ty Dillon who is 63 points back of Crafton. Fourth in the standings is Jeb Burton who is 65 points back and 68 points back in fifth is Miguel Paludo. Timothy Peters is sixth in the standings and Ryan Blaney is seventh. Eighth is Brendan Gaughan and Darrell Wallace Jr is ninth. Tenth in the standings is Johnny Sauter.
The next race on the Camping World Truck Series schedule is the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on September 8th.
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