Atkins Wins Chicago, Mogard Takes Championship

Published On: October 19th, 2017

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Twitchy Race Reports

(JOLIET, IL) The 16th and final event for the 2017 ASRS Xfinity Series took center stage tonight to put the cap on their Season. Tonight’s action saw 36 drivers make the trip to the Chicagoland Speedway for a shot at the 32 car starting field. For four drivers the pressure was on as they were racing each other to be crowned the Champion at the end of the 100 lap event.

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As for qualifying it was Jordan Ashlein putting his #75 on the pole of the event with Michael Atkins Jr. 2nd, Justin Brown who made the return to ASRS competition after a long absence qualified 3rd, Zack Calloway 4th, and Alex Giese rounded out the top 5.

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The racing action itself saw a lot of green flag racing with only 3 yellow flag periods. Along with the green flag racing it also seen green flag pit stops. Multiple different strategies played out for different drivers. But the race was dominated by Michael Atkins Jr. who led 55 laps.

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A late race yellow with just 16 laps to go spiced things up. Mogard grabbed the lead off pit stops and took the lead late in the race putting himself in a good spot to win not only the race but the championship. However when the race was done it was Michael Atkins Jr getting back to the race lead and drive to the W. Devin Serra who gave Atkins a run the last few laps finished 2nd, Jared Mogard finished 3rd, Sam Maxwell 4th, and Allan Young rounded out the top 5.

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As for the Championship four that were dueling it out for the Championship Jared Mogard finished 3rd which sealed up the 2017 Xfinity Series Championship, Ty Hester made a late race rally and ended up 6th, Jason Stewart and Tom Giannini were caught up in a wreck and finished toward the back of the field. This is Mogard’s first Xfinity Series Championship and his 2nd Championship at ASRS. We caught up with Mogard and he had this to say on the Championship, “It feels good to get the Championship. I just got to thank everyone on this #01 team, my teammates for keeping me calm when needed throughout the year and even in the race tonight. I want to thank my sponsors Maxxed Out Motorsports and team owner Kris Titus for allowing me to be on such a great team, Twitchy Race Reports, Coffman Racing Graphics, and Midwest Racing. We have been racing for our team owner Kris Titus his mom Karla is dealing with cancer and we continue to think about her and know we support her through this tough time!!!!”

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The final standings as mentioned seen Jared Mogard win the Championship, Ty Hester 2nd, Tom Giannini 3rd, Jason Stewart 4th, Allan Young 5th, Sam Maxwell 6th, Jonathan Holstein 7th, Jim Foose 8th, John Kennedy 9th, and Justin Brown rounded out the top 10 in the final standings. As for next Tuesday the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series is back in action for their Playoff Spot. As always be sure to turn into Off Camber TV for every lap of action as the Playoffs are down to just 6 drivers battling to be one of the final four to race for a Championship at Homestead…

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