SRX at Slinger results: Marco Andretti outduels Luke Fenhaus to win thrilling green-white-checkered finish

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Despite the enormous expectations that were bestowed upon him due to his last name, Marco Andretti only won two races in the entirety of a full-time IndyCar career that lasted from 2006 all the way until 2020. But in SRX, the Andretti name has found Victory Lane once again after a late opportunity to get the best of a youngster on his home turf.

In a dramatic finish to the fifth race of the Camping World SRX Series, Marco Andretti was able to pass Luke Fenhaus on a green-white-checkered restart to win at Slinger Speedway. Fenhaus, a 17-year old Wisconsin native and the winner of the Slinger Nationals, had been well on his way to victory at the white flag when a crash triggered by Hailie Deegan and Paul Tracy set up a final restart.

After battling side-by-side with Tony Stewart for the race lead most of the night, Fenhaus had pulled away from Marco Andretti in the closing laps prior to the final caution. But with a jump from the outside line, Andretti was able to clear Fenhaus and earn his first victory in a major race in 10 years. Andretti's last victory came in an IndyCar race at Iowa in June of 2011.

SRX at Slinger Speedway Results:

  1. Marco Andretti
  2. Luke Fenhaus
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Hailie Deegan
  5. Bobby Labonte
  6. Ernie Francis Jr.
  7. Willy T. Ribbs
  8. Greg Biffle
  9. Bill Elliott
  10. Helio Castroneves
  11. Paul Tracy (DNF)
  12. Michael Waltrip (DNF)

With five of six races now in the books, the season finale for SRX will take place next week at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Nashville Fairgrounds promises to send the inaugural season for SRX out with a bang, as defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott will join the field at one of the most storied racetracks in the southeast.

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July 11, 2021, 2:02 AM
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July 11, 2021, 2:01 AM
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Marco Andretti clears Luke Fenhaus, and Marco Andretti WINS at Slinger Speedway.

1. Marco Andretti
2. Luke Fenhaus 3. Tony Stewart 4. Hailie Deegan 5. Bobby Labonte 6. Ernie Francis Jr.

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Green-white-checkered to settle it at Slinger.

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July 11, 2021, 1:59 AM
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Other cars involved in the crash included Michael Waltrip, Willy T. Ribbs, and Helio Castroneves.

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BIG crash in Turn 4 just as Luke Fenhaus took the white flag. Hailie Deegan turned Paul Tracy, creating a big pileup. Fenhaus will have to do it all again on this next restart.

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July 11, 2021, 1:55 AM
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Luke Fenhaus has opened up a lead of several carlengths over Marco Andretti. Under 3 to go.

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July 11, 2021, 1:53 AM
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July 11, 2021, 1:53 AM
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Marco Andretti is on it: He's taken second from Tony Stewart and tried to lay the bumper to Luke Fenhaus with under 10 to go.

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Restart once again. Luke Fenhaus doesn't get as good a restart and now as to deal with Tony Stewart.

Remember: The last 12 laps of this race must take place under green.

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July 11, 2021, 1:50 AM
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Crash on the restart with 12 to go. Helio Castroneves and Greg Biffle were racing for fifth and got into each other on the frontstretch.

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July 11, 2021, 1:49 AM
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Bookmark this for the final 12 laps. This was what Marco Andretti was willing to do back at Stafford and what he was looking to do earlier tonight.

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Caution is out with 15 laps to go. Luke Fenhaus was able to clear Tony Stewart for the race lead just before the yellow came out.

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Running order with 20 laps to go:

1. Luke Fenhaus
2. Tony Stewart 3. Marco Andretti 4. Bobby Labonte 5. Greg Biffle 6. Helio Castroneves 7. Paul Tracy 8. Hailie Deegan 9. Ernie Francis Jr. 10. Willy T. Ribbs 11. Michael Waltrip 12. Bill Elliott

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July 11, 2021, 1:44 AM
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July 11, 2021, 1:43 AM
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Tony Stewart has used the high line to take the lead from Fenhaus, and gets a piece of the wall while doing so. Nearly 25 laps to go.

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July 11, 2021, 1:42 AM
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Restart on Lap 112. Paul Tracy dishes out some payback to Ernie Francis, and it looked like Hailie Deegan took a shot at Francis as well after being caught up in it. Everyone keeps going.

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July 11, 2021, 1:41 AM
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Caution is out for Michael Waltrip, who had a problem in Turn 2 and now takes his car back to the pits.
Luke Fenhaus was getting the best of a side-by-side battle with Tony Stewart for the lead, while Bobby Labonte was able to take third away from Marco Andretti.

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Green flag back out just past Lap 100. 2/3rds of the feature now in the books.

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