Marco Andretti Gets First SRX Series Win in Close Finish Against Local Legend

The penultimate race of the Camping World SRX Series got here to a dramatic conclusion on July 10, with veteran driver Marco Andretti beating 17-year-old Luke Fenhaus and collection chief Tony Stewart to safe the primary SRX Series win of his profession. After the race at Slinger Speedway in Wisconsin, Andretti is now third in the SRX standings behind Stewart and Ernie Francis Jr., who received the earlier race at Lucas Oil Speedway in Indianapolis.

 

 

The race’s closing lap was an epic battle between Andretti, a 3rd era race automotive driver (he’s the grandson of famed Italian driver Mario Andretti and the son of Michael Andretti, one other completed racer) and a younger, native upstart, Fenhaus. After a late-race restart, the 2 battled by way of the ultimate lap earlier than Andretti edged out the youthful driver for the win. After, Andretti heaped reward on Fenhaus, who’s a rising senior at Wausau East High School in Wisconsin.

“I’m so proud of [Fenhaus],” Andretti stated after the occasion. “I’m trying to learn from him, to be honest with you. I know it’s not a popular win, but us old guys have to get it when we can. He’s young, he’s got a lot of time ahead of him. I had so much fun.”

The closing lap at Slinger Speedway didn’t disappoint. 👏👏
Marco Andretti wins his first race after holding off native legend Luke Fenhaus! https://t.co/kBsf8HZ0mK
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It was a little bit of a disappointment for Fenhaus, nonetheless. He entered Saturday’s occasion coming off a historic victory on the Slinger Nationals, the place he grew to become the youngest driver to win the occasion in its 42-year historical past. At the SRX Series race at Slinger, he began second and led for a lot of the 150-lap race (92 laps), and his largest problem got here from Tony Stewart. But a late-race crash by Hailee Deegan and Paul Tracy triggered a restart:

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Once racing resumed, Andretti pounced, crusing previous Fenhaus for the lead, which he held by way of the ultimate lap. Even so, Fenhaus was pleased with the race general.

“I loved every minute of it,” he stated. “It’s unreal to race against these guys. They’re so good at what they do.”

The inaugural six-race SRX Series will come to a detailed at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on July 17. Looking at Series-wide standings, Tony Stewart leads the pack with 199 factors thus far, however second place is a toss-up: After his win on Saturday, Andretti is simply six factors behind Ernie Francis Jr. We’ll see if he can shut the hole in Nashville.

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