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Chase Elliott wins SRX race at Sharon Speedway

IndyCar driver Marco Andretti wins overall SRX series championship after breaking wrist

Correspondent photo / Ken Marquette Chase Elliott poses atop the podium after winning the Camping World SRX Series race at Sharon Speedway Saturday night.

SHARON — The SRX series and CBS came to Sharon Speedway for the conclusion of its six-race series and the crowning of a champion Saturday night.

It was a jam-packed field with Indy, NASCAR, and local drivers competing for the final prize. When the dust settled, former NASCAR champion Chase Elliott won the race and third generation Indy driver Marco Andretti won the championship.

A very slick surface made for a technical race track that was hard to get a hold of and drivers found that you had to drive slow to go fast.

A capacity crowd was on hand hours before the program for a celebration of racing.

In the feature race local legend Dave Blaney rode the high side while most others were digging on the bottom fighting for position. Blaney began passing cars till getting caught up in a skirmish that resulted in a car that was no longer the same as he began to fade.

Son Ryan who flew in from qualifying at Pocono along with Chase Elliott ran well and maneuvered to the front of the pack until he was also involved in a crash that changed the handling of the car and he fell back.

While out front Tony Stewart took to the high side as veteran dirt drivers were driving to the lead. A spirited battle developed between Stewart and Elliott for the lead as they ran side by side trading slide jobs.

Marco Andretti drove a spirited race and was in contention till he got caught up in a crash when the steering wheel whipped, caught his thumb and broke his wrist. He soldiered on to finish 9th which was good enough to win the overall championship.

Second generation driver and a NASCAR champion Chase Elliott said that it was exciting night to race.

“To sit there and race on dirt with one of my hero’s Tony Stewart and throw a couple of sliders at him, obviously this is a little different than the open wheel stuff, but knowing how good he is at this stuff and being able to dice it up and race with him.”

Elliott went on to thank everyone for coming out and also thanked the Blaney’s for having him.

“Chase was really good,” Tony Stewart said after the race. “He did a good job of managing tires, making sure he didn’t make his rear tires mad, he did a better job than I did. I had to use mine up to get to the front.”

He went on to admire Andretti for work through his wrist injury as well.

“To have a champion sitting there with a brace on his wrist because he broke his wrist shows how hard and how much these guys want to win races and win championships with SRX.”

It was a great night for the Valley with national exposure. A great night for fans to see some of the greatest drivers in the country compete on a dirt track and a great night for drivers to race against other drivers they would otherwise never get a chance to.

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