2017 Dash Cup Super Stocks Season Chronicles - Part 1 of 5 (Toddring, Brands Hatch, Rockingham)

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2017 Dash Cup Super Stocks Season Chronicles - Part 1 of 5 (Toddring, Brands Hatch, Rockingham)

Post by bsoyuz on Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:48 pm

Non-Championship Race - Rookies-Only Race

The 2017 Dash Cup season began at the Toddring, the 3-mile long british Goliath. And with it, the Rookies-Only Race. The first of the two non-points 20-lappers was won by Tom Delgado, who despite being technically a rookie, is no strange to Dash Cup racing, proven by his win in New York back in the 2013 finale.

Winner: #83 - Tom Delgado

Non-Championship Race - All-Star Race

Tomas Prochazka survived a huge incident involving 15 of the 24 starters, leaving only 8 cars in racing condition, while the rest of the field was left off the pace. Altoros started their year in grand style with a win early on, showing that their beat did not go off through the winter.

Winner: #37 - Tomas Prochazka

Races 1, 2 and 3 - Dash Cup Season Opener at The Toddring

It was an afternoon of hijinks and wreckages as the season began in a weird way, usually, superspeedway races are marred by one huge wreck involving many cars, however, the three races featured a plethora of 2-3 car incidents and self spins, mostly due to both driver inexperience or mechanical failures.

The first sprint was taken by Kwik Fit's Amber Clagett by the narrow margin of one tenth of a second over last year's feature winner Miko Rantanen.

Winner: #00 - Amber Clagett

Sprint #2 was dominated by Gabriel Macena Racing, as Siána Jones, Kailin Donohue, Rebecca and Luc Pellerin, kept trading the lead amongst themselves, not giving anybopdy the opportunity to pass them, until the last lap, when a charge led by Ryan Matthews and Kellan Rogers broke through the wall created by the team owned by the brash and outspoken TM Lights driver, Gabriel Macena. However it was not enough, as Jones edged Matthews by less than half a second, difference that definitely would've been overcomedm had the race been 200-feet longer.

Winner: #31 - Siána Jones

The feature race, was a happening of its own. 67 laps awaited an eager field of 40 cars, but mayhem ensued early on, Siána Jones and Dan Morton got together in turn 1 on lap 15, in front of the oncoming field, Jones barrel-rolled multiple times, Morton hit the inside wall, 10 more cars would be eliminated through that incident, including heavy hitters Carter Fitzgerald, Kellan Rogers-Ashby, Ashley Ambercroft and Stasya Filipov, who were all running inside the top 10 at the moment.

Other small incidents would occur, Grant Macintosh blew up in front of Christian McMillen and Giséle Vignon, two surprises that made into the field of the feature, but would be done before lap 40.

The last lap was by far the most violent, as the field scrambled for position Ryan Matthews, Ben Atkins, Tom Delgado and Noemi Giordano and Luc Pellerin crashed in front of the entire field, cars went on top of another cars, as Oak Treedie, mostly an afterthought through most of the race, leading both his teamates at Keep Up GP, went through the wreck through the grass, in order to win the first race of the year for that team.

Winner: #51 - Oak Treedie

Races 4, 5 and 6 - Ohara Otels Grand Prix @ Brands Hatch

Britain's best known race course held the second round of the championship.

Sprint #1: Fairly uneventful, Brianna McDonough led from start to finish, despite a late-race contact with a lapped car

Winner: #20 - Brianna McDonough

Sprint #2: The conditions that would appear on the feature started to form at this race, a consistent drizzle hit the circuit for the entirety of the 17-lap dash, won by Altoros' Tomas Prochazka. Despite wrecking at the season opener and not making it into the feature, he seems like he hasn't missed the beat following the All-Star Race win.

Winner: #37 - Tomas Prochazka

Feature: Torrential conditions castigated the track, as Tomas Prochazka followed up on his Sprint win with the pole position, but, his happiness would shortly be done with, as his car blew up on the second of 47 laps. He'd get a bitter tasting 40th place. Which would be his worst result all year. The rain did not weaken until the conclusion of the race, and more and more cars fell off the event, as Mikhail Jakobsen, considered by some to be the series' Super Rookie would capture his first win, in only his 4th start. With that he'd also take the championship lead provisionally.

Winner: #72 - Mikhel Jakobsen

Races 7, 8, and 9 - DP Enterprises 200 @ Rockingham

The third round of the season and second oval event took place in Rockingham, a place that brings bitter memories for many of the series drivers, following multiple fatal crashes witnessed at the circuit. However, all three races were extremely uneventful, with only 2 cautions happening through the whole weekend, both for engine failures.

Sprint #1 Winner: #51 - Oak Treedie (Treedie took a dominant win, leading 35 of the 50 laps on the race)

Sprint #2 Winner: #74 - Kailin Donohue (Donohue showed GMR was not playing with the field, taking her third career win)

Feature Winner: #08 - Harriet Wallace (Wallace brought home her first win of the year, putting STS ATK Racing back on top once again.)

Top 5 Standings after 9 Races
1. Tomas Prochazka
2. Harriet Wallace
3. Oak Treedie
4. Tom Delgado
5. Mikhel Jakobsen
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