The penultimate race of the Camping World SRX Series ended on July 10, as veteran driver Marco Andretti beat 17-year-old Luke Finhaus and series leader Tony Stewart to secure the first SRX Series win of his career. After racing at Slinger Speedway in Wisconsin, Andretti is now third in the SRX standings behind Stewart and Ernie Francis Jr, who both He won the previous race At Lucas Oil Speedway in Indianapolis.
The final lap of the race was an epic battle between Andretti, a third-generation race car driver (he is the grandson of famed Italian driver Mario Andretti and the son of Michael Andretti, another accomplished racer) and an upstart local youth, Vinhaus. After the race resumed late, the two wrestled through the final lap before Andretti beat the younger driver for the win. Next, Andretti praised Fenhaus, a rookie student at Wausau East High School in Wisconsin.
“I’m very proud [Fenhaus]Andretti said after the event. “I’m trying to learn from him, to be honest with you. I know it’s not a common win, but we seniors have to get it when we can. He’s young, he’s got a lot of time. I had a lot of fun.”
However, it was a bit disappointing for Finhaus. Saturday’s event entered from A Historic victory over the Slinger NationalsHe became the youngest driver to win the event in its 42-year history. In the SRX Series race at Slinger, he started second and led most of the 150-lap race (92 laps), with his biggest challenge coming from Tony Stewart. But a late-race crash by Hailey Deegan and Paul Tracy caused a restart:
Once the race resumed, Andretti pounced, overtaking Venhaus in the lead, which he held for the last lap. However, Fenhaus was happy with the race overall.
“I loved every minute of it,” he said. “It is unrealistic to race against these guys. They are very good at what they do.”
The inaugural SRX Series of six races will conclude at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on July 17. Looking at the series standings, Tony Stewart leads the group with 199 points so far, but second place is an elimination: After winning on Saturday, Andretti is just six points behind Ernie Francis Jr. We’ll see if he can close the gap in Nashville.
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