Strategy Pays Off For Christian McGhee For Chilly Willy 150 Win
TUCSON, Ariz. – In a traditional shootout to the surface, a chauffeur that had actually gone winless in current time did whatever he required to do in order to take house the 8th yearly Chilly Willy 150 prize and reward at Tucson Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Christian McGhee showed he had a quick vehicle under him given that evictions opened a couple of days in the past, winning a 50-lap function on Friday night and after that setting the No. 71 fielded by Garcia Racing on the outdoors front row for the 150-lap centerpiece.
He needed to compete with the only chauffeur that out-qualified him throughout the whole range, and it was not a simple job.
Tyler Tanner paced the field for a torrid preliminary rate of 50 laps finished without a yellow flag in less than 15 minutes.
The North Carolina homeowner, initially from Washington state, continued blazing a trail following a couple of warns and a 10-minute midway break where groups were allowed to alter to 2 tires, intensify, and make any required modifications.
As the 2nd half of the race continued, a modification started to happen. McGhee got closer and closer to the No. 65 flight and at the conclusion of lap 126, by .007 seconds, the Californian led at the line.
It was still another couple of circuits of difficult racing in between the 2 prior to he cleared Tanner, however eventually McGhee’s skillful job on a last green-white-checkered reboot sealed the offer.
“I was sobbing on the frontstretch, and I put on‘t ever cry,” a relieved McGhee admitted. “It‘s been a long time since I won, so it feels really good just to run a clean race and have everything perfect. I did everything exactly how I set out to do from the beginning. I was stressing and shaking before the race trying to figure out if my strategy was the right way to do it and it paid off.”
McGhee, who has an assorted schedule of a few Spears SRL Southwest Tour races and other major shows mainly on the west coast but perhaps a handful further east planned with the team, described in detail the intense battle up front that saw some contact.
“I tried so many times to get by him and there was just no drive off on the bottom,” McGhee recalled. “I knew it was going to have to come to a bumper, but we were clean. He hit me a little harder than I hit him. We kind of slid into each other when I was on the inside, but I would have done the same thing if the roles were reversed.
“When there‘s 10 grand on the line and 150 laps, that‘s going to happen. Nobody is going to get around this place without a scratch on it for the win.”
The result provides significant momentum toward McGhee’s future ventures, momentum that was somewhat separated in November when he was displaced of the seat throughout Turkey Shoot weekend due to feeling under the weather condition.
“We‘re finally gelling,” McGhee said about his relationship with the Garcia group, which has many years of proficiency behind them. “My crew chief Steve Teets and I, the crew and everybody are starting to work together really well. We have been so close so many times, to finally have it come together was really rewarding.”
On the other side of the coin, Tanner was rather controlled, however pleased with their efficiency.
Thinking about upon arrival on Thursday the group, made up partially of his dad Kelly Tanner who won at Tucson in 1997, was left believing seriously how to conquer a few of the battles they were coming across with the track and tire, a second-place surface was something to be happy about.
“Honestly we had the car to beat for the first segment, controlled the race and ran fast when I needed to and conserve tires the best I could,” Tanner kept in mind. “We‘ll have to evaluate things. I don‘t know if the stagger on these right side tires opened up a little bit, but the thing just got real free on entry right off the bat that second stage. It gave him a couple opportunities and then I guess he got antsy enough and used us up pretty hard there getting into one, but both of us kept it going and ran a clean race.
“He had the better car the second segment, so he deserved to win, I guess.”
Getting home in 3rd was the safeguarding Turkey Shoot winner at Tucson Speedway, a 125-lap occasion on Thanksgiving weekend. Brett Yackey began even more back, ran mid-pack early on, and even spun to prevent a multi-car wreck on a reboot.
Then, out of apparently no place, the No. 32 was fighting within the leading 5.
At one point late in the going, he did see a chance to peek briefly for the lead when McGhee and Tanner made a few of the previously mentioned contact.
“At the beginning I dropped to like 12th and three quarters of the track behind coming from that far back was just hard on tires and equipment,” the Greeley, Colo., chauffeur kept in mind. “But once I got up there I kind of hung out there, got loose in the middle, got loose off, and fought it. Honestly the car wasn‘t that good but made the most of it and can‘t complain with a third place finish.”
The proving was an excellent standard for the season to come. Yackey strategies to leave a cars and truck down in Arizona and commute to complete for the track‘s extremely late design title.
Multi-time track champ Brandon Farrington discovered the line in 4th, however was disqualified for a rev limiter violation. That moved veteran Bruce Yackey to 4th and track routine Vanessa Robinson to 5th in the main ending up order.
The Legends include winners were a specific reproduction from Friday, with Minnesota‘s Tristan Swanson making the prize in the 40-lap Semi-Pro/Young Lions race and New Mexico‘s Jason Irwin taking the 50-lap Pro/Masters honors.
The NASCAR Advance Vehicle Components Weekly Series tentatively starts at Tucson Speedway on Saturday, March 13, consisting of a 75-lap extremely late design function.
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Chilly Willy 150
1. Christian McGhee, 2. Tyler Tanner, 3. Brett Yackey, 4. Bruce Yackey, 5. Vanessa Robinson, 6. Kody Vanderwal, 7. Bob Cramb, 8. Rudy Vanderwal, 9. Tanner Reif, 10. Joe Paladenic
11. Chris Eggleston, 12. Austin Thom, 13. Edward Vecchiarelli, 14. Dean Thompson, 15. Michael Scott, 16. Bryce Bezanson, 17. Scott Graf.
DQ: Brandon Farrington.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.