C&R Race Report June 30 - July 2

Ricky Stenhouse JR wins at Daytona

Photo: Nascar.com

NASCAR

Earnhardt won the pole for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 and was a favorite to win, but a wreck with 55 laps remaining ended his night. A blown tire on Lap 105 caused Kevin Harvick to spin out and take several other drivers with him. Earnhardt, Keselowski, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne were all involved in the multi-car accident.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., using C&R and PWR cooling products in his No. 17 Ford, went on to capture the checkered fl ag in the caution-filled race. It was the first win for Stenhouse at Daytona and his second straight restrictor plate victory after winning at Talladega in May. Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Michael McDowell and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

All cars in the race used C&R Racing and PWR Performance Products.

IMSA

Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque teamed to win the six-hour race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

Barbosa took the lead in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac with nine minutes remaining, taking advantage of slower traffic to pass Stephen Simpson in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA prototype. Barbosa held off Simpson by 1.183 seconds.

Barbosa and Fittipaldi, the 2014 and 2015 series champions, each raced to their seventh series victory, and helped give Albuquerque his first. It was Barbosa’s fourth Watkins Glen six-hour victory, the third for Fittipaldi and their second in a row.  Nunez, Bomarito and Pigot in the No. 55 Mazda Motorsports MazdaDPi finished third on the podium.

WRC

Thierry Neuville won a gripping Orlen 74th Rally Poland on Sunday afternoon after Ott Tanak crashed out of the lead.  It was the Belgian’s third victory of the season in a Hyundai i20 and he closed the gap on championship leader Sébastien Ogier to 11 points with five rounds remaining.  After Tänak hit a tree, Neuville eased to a 1min 23.9sec win over team-mate Hayden Paddon. Ogier finished third, a further 56.9sec behind in a Ford Fiesta.

Monteiro was close to two seconds behind Bjork at the finish in his Honda but a comfortable margin clear of the second Volvo of Nicky Catsburg.

Behind Catsburg, Huff staged a remarkable recovery to fifth – a just reward for a strong opening lap and later a canny joker lap strategy.