Grant edges Stenhouse Jr to win Friday’s qualifying night time in Tulsa
Justin Grant held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to win Friday night time’s prelim for the thirty sixth annual Chili Bowl Nationals.
Driving the 2J RMS Racing Toyota, Grant surged to the lead previous Sam Johnson on lap 16 of 30. Nevertheless, the No. 47S Clauson Marshall Racing Stanton of Stenhouse remained near the highest spot all through the remaining laps.
Grant continued to carry the lead regardless of a number of restarts, together with quite a few wheel-to-wheel banging. The ultimate lap delivered a bit extra drama as Stenhouse tried one other huge transfer. Heading into Turns 3 and 4, Grant went to the underside as Stenhouse went to the highest. Each drivers stunted their runs pushing arduous into the nook and carrying the momentum – or lack thereof – into the frontstretch the place Grant crossed the end line by 0.504s over Stenhouse. Each drivers are locked into Saturday’s A-Characteristic.
“No, I by no means noticed him,” Grant joked with Stenhouse alongside through the post-race press convention. Yeah, no undoubtedly noticed Ricky there on the finish. We had bought a giant run off of (Flip) 2 there and simply barely round his proper entrance and fairly huge chop down into (Flip) 3 to to carry him off. The underside was, there in (Turns) 3 and 4, he bought a foul break on the restart and allow us to get again in entrance of him. I simply didn’t really feel that robust on the underside, so I used to be making an attempt to maintain making the highest and (Turns) 1 and a couple of work. After which Ricky rolled up alongside us there and we had simply sufficient room to type of squeak again round there and provides him the large ol’ chop down into (Flip) 3, which, sorry, buddy.”
Whereas Stenhouse would have most popular to have a Victory heading into Saturday, he’s simply relieved to be locked in.
“It’s type of been hit and miss. You realize, we’ve podiumed quite a bit on our prelim nights. Sadly, final yr a podium wasn’t ok and missed it by one, needed to run the B. However, we’ve undoubtedly had our justifiable share of ups and downs, however man, it feels actually good to be locked in.”
Zeb Clever was the largest mover of the race, clawing a Seventeenth-place beginning place to assert the ultimate podium spot in third. Bryant Wiedeman and Johnson accomplished the remainder of the highest 5.
A-Characteristic: High 2 advance to Saturday’s A-Characteristic.
A Characteristic (30 Laps): 1. 2J-Justin Grant ; 2. 47S-Ricky Stenhouse Jr ; 3. 97W-Zeb Clever ; 4. 01K-Bryant Wiedeman ; 5. 72J-Sam Johnson ; 6. 84-Michael Faccinto ; 7. 11B-Clinton Boyles ; 8. 19S-Kasey Kahne ; 9. 40M-Chase McDermand ; 10. 19M-Ethan Mitchell ; 11. 68-Ronnie Gardner ; 12. 11A-Andrew Felker ; 13. 75B-Ryan Newman ; 14. 77X-Wayne Johnson ; 15. 28-Ace McCarthy ; 16. 21-Daryn Pittman ; 17. 26E-Cory Eliason ; 18. 19F-Frank Flud ; 19. 97K-Brenham Crouch ; 20. 11X-Donovan Peterson ; 21. 1UK-Tom Harris ; 22. 32W-Casey Shuman ; 23. (DNF) 44X-Wesley Smith ; 24. (DNF) 7R-AJ Hopkins
Lap Chief(s): Sam Johnson 1-16; Justin Grant 17-30
Exhausting Charger: Zeb Clever +17