Shane Van Gisbergen Wins NASCAR Xfinity Chicago Street Race, Awaits Repeat Tomorrow

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  • Shane van Gisbergen won the pole Saturday morning for his first Xfinity race on the Chicago Street Course.

  • Last year, van Gisbergen put on a clinic on the wet streets of Chicago, surprising the field and capturing a win in his maiden NASCAR race.

  • van Gisbergen restarted third on the final green restart and secured the lead by turn seven.

Shane van Gisbergen made history last Fourth of July Weekend when he won in his NASCAR debut; Saturday, after securing the pole for The Loop 110, he backed it up, winning his third consecutive Xfinity Road Course race as a full-time driver.

After his breakout success last summer, the Supercars champion made the decision to come over and race in America full-time, signing a contract with Kaulig Racing for the full Xfinity season. A year later, he's a threat for the championship with his remarkable road course results and modern success on ovals.


Kyle Larson. and van Gisbergen engaged in battle early as Larson tried to take advantage of the extra seat time and the chance to battle with the most experienced street racer in the NASCAR series.

"Obviously he was way faster than me," Larson said after finishing third, "I think he was having fun just playing with me. Honestly, I wanted to use this race to learn, and I wanted to take the first opportunity I got to battle him.

We were going to give each other space because it’s early on but you just never know when the race plays out if I was going to have a chance to battle him and learn race craft stuff."

Both drivers look forward to hopefully racing for the win tomorrow as van Gisbergen attempts to defend his Chicago Cup victory and Larson looks to defend his champion lead.

The two dominated the first stage, with van Gisbergen securing the stage win with a last-lap pass on Larson. Staying in tandem, the leaders executed their one pitstop early and were shuffled to the back of the top ten.

"It was really cool. I learned a lot; he probably learned a lot off me," van Gisbergen said on racing against Larson, "I look forward to racing him for the win tomorrow."

A restart with seven laps remaining saw Jesse Love in the lead ahead of Ty Gibbs, Sam Mayer, and Sheldon Creed. van Gisbergen was lying in wait back in fifth position, before the completion of the first green flag lap he had made his way past Creed and Mayer and was hunting down the leaders.

Gibbs was forced to play defense while attempting to secure the lead with SVG looming large in his mirror.

Two laps later, Leland Honeyman Jr. spun around, deeply embedding his car into the tire barrier, setting up a final four-lap sprint for the leaders.

Van Gisbergen made the move to pass Gibbs on the restart and claim second position.

With a pass on Love on the inside of Turn seven, van Gisbergen secured the lead, and Gibbs followed. Love continued to fall through the field as Larson and Parker Kligerman found their way by.

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