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Rookie Jett Lawrence Dominates to Win First DAYTONA Supercross

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Jett Lawrence wins 2024 DAYTONA Supercross at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, March 2, 2024. Photo by Harry Castiblanco / Florida National News

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2024) – In only his eighth career 450SX Class start, Team Honda HRC rider Jett Lawrence dominated the field to capture his first DAYTONA Supercross title at Daytona International Speedway and third victory of his rookie season in the top class.

Jett Lawrence wins 2024 DAYTONA Supercross at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, March 2, 2024. Photo by Harry Castiblanco / Florida National News

 

His performance came in front of the largest crowd in DAYTONA Supercross history, and the fourth such crowd in as many rounds of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, as the series contested its eighth round of the season in Florida on Saturday night.

 

Jett Lawrence wins 2024 DAYTONA Supercross at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, March 2, 2024. Photo by Harry Castiblanco / Florida National News

The race that turned out to be Lawrence’s to win almost began in disaster, as seconds before the gate drop the team managed to pull the tire heater off the rear wheel. From the start, it looked like a three-way battle would be waged between Lawrence, seven-time DAYTONA Supercross champion Eli Tomac and reigning AMA Supercross 450cc champion Chase Sexton.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Sexton jumped out to an early advantage, as Lawrence and Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Tomac settled in behind, trying to hold off Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki’s Ken Roczen.

Jett Lawrence wins 2024 DAYTONA Supercross at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, March 2, 2024. Photo by Harry Castiblanco / Florida National News

But Lawrence surged past both Tomac and Sexton and never looked back – pulling out to a lengthy lead and leaving it to the other two to sort out how the rest of the podium would play out.

For Tomac, this marked the third second-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in 10 years – but the other seven results all landed him atop the podium. Sexton finished third while Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Cooper Webb and Roczen completed the top five.

 

Lawrence continues to lead the Monster Energy Supercross Championship points standings, now holding a 10-point advantage over Webb. Sexton sits 13 points behind Lawrence in third.

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Dillmann Fends Off Late Charge to Win Chevrolet Grand Prix

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BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Two hours and 40 minutes of racing came down to a 0.658-second margin of victory Sunday for Tom Dillmann and Nick Boulle.

 

Dillmann weaved his way through traffic after a final restart with nine minutes left, eventually holding off Felipe Fraga to claim a victory in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class at the Chevrolet Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The victory was simultaneously close and dominant. Despite the narrow margin of victory, Dillmann and Boulle and the No. 52 Inter Europol by PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 controlled the lead for all but the first 10 minutes.

It all came down to a final restart, which Dillmann fully expected to happen before Ryan Dalziel slid into the tire barrier with 17 minutes remaining, bringing out a caution and setting up the final duel.

“I knew there would be a final restart because there always is in IMSA,” Dillmann said. “I was expecting it, but I knew that I had an edge. I was quite confident I could pull a gap and bring it home.”

Their first win of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season helped Dillmann and Boulle close in on the leaders in the LMP2 driver standings. They’re now, unofficially, just 12 points behind Fraga and Gar Robinson in the No. 74 Riley ORECA.

“All in all, it was a good points day,” Robinson said. “We’ll move on from here and go to Road America.”

As Dalziel was sliding off course late in the race, Fraga sneaked past Scott Huffaker in the No. 11 TDS Racing ORECA he co-drove with Steven Thomas for second place. After the final restart, Fraga relentlessly chased Dillmann. He got close at times, but Dillmann eventually prevailed.

“I was hoping we would not reach the traffic on the final lap, but we did reach it,” Dillmann said. “I had a little bit of a margin, like 1.5 seconds, so I could deal with it without it being too much of a threat. I was fine.”

While Dillmann was navigating his way through the harried final minutes, Boulle was in the pits, barely able to watch.

“Myself and one of our engineers had to walk away,” Boulle said. “I haven’t been that nervous in a while. We’ve been trying to do this all year. I’m happy it all came together.”

Riley is in its first year in the LMP2 class after a successful run of 26 wins in the now-defunct LMP3 class.

“These guys (in LMP2) have been racing these cars for five, six years,” Fraga said. “I think we should be proud that we’re leading the championship. It’s disappointing because we’re the only ones to have the fuel to go hard until the end. I saved a lot in the first stint. … It’s always 50-50 with the yellows, but we almost got the win.”

For PR1 Mathiasen, a consistent winner in LMP2 in recent years, the victory was a relief. The team hadn’t won since last August at Road America.

“Nick did an outstanding job, and Tom backed it up,” PR1 Mathiasen owner Bobby Oergel said. “I’m just so thankful to have these guys, you know. … It does taste good right now. We hope to keep it rolling.”

The WeatherTech Championship resumes Aug. 4 with the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America. Peacock’s live coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET.

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Jones Finds Redemption in Rainy VP Racing Challenge Nightcap

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Jones Finds Redemption in Rainy VP Racing Challenge Nightcap
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Neither sickness nor rain could prevent a determined Jagger Jones from getting back to victory lane in the IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge.

A day after a win in the No. 87 FastMD Racing with Remstar Duqueine D08 was negated by a postrace technical infraction, Jones rebounded to win Sunday’s 45-minute race at the 10-turn, 2.459-mile high-speed road course. Jones was hampered throughout by a stomach illness and endured a treacherous final few laps racing in wet conditions after a light rain fell around the circuit and the entire field was brought into the pits for a mandatory change to wet-condition Michelin tires. Still, he persevered to pick up his fifth overall and Le Mans Prototype 3 (P3) win in the last six VP Racing Challenge races.

“We really dominated on track both days this weekend, which is awesome,” Jones said. “It looked smooth from the outside but I was super nauseous for some reason; I’ve been really sick all weekend. We brought it home nice and clean, thank you to the Remstar FastMD guys. A little mistake yesterday but today everything’s all cleaned up and another win for us.”

The race began in the dry, with Jones bumping his way past polesitter Steven Aghakhani (No. 6 MLT Motorsports Ligier JS P320) as they battled through Turn 2 on the opening lap. Rain began on parts of the track less than 10 minutes later, with a full-course caution ordered shortly after. Race officials declared it a wet race at the halfway point, bringing all cars in for the grooved Michelin tires and returning them to the track in the same running order.

Racing resumed with just under six minutes to go and Jones was off and running away. He took the checkered flag 8.365 seconds ahead of Aghakhani, with Alex Kirby (No. 7 Performance Tech Motorsports Ligier) finishing third for the second straight day.

“Once we went on the rain tires, they were super solid,” Jones said. “I’ve only done like six laps on these rain tires before, so I was a little hesitant at first. But once I built that gap, I just kind of managed it.”

With two rounds and four races remaining this season, Aghakhani holds a comfortable 500-point lead over Brian Thienes (No. 77 Forte Racing Ligier) atop the standings. Jones is third, 100 points behind Thienes.

Rain Dance Pays off for Green with Maiden Series Win in GSX

Josh Green was hoping it would rain in Sunday’s race, sensing he could make his way to the front in the Grand Sport X (GSX) class. Green’s wish came true and so did he, making a strategic pass in traffic on the penultimate lap and rolling on to his first VP Racing Challenge victory in the No. 78 Thaze Competition Mercedes-AMG GT GT4.

Green sat in third place when the race restarted late in the wet conditions, trailing Race 1 winner Jack Polito (No. 98 Polito Racing Ford Mustang GT4) and Jesse Lazare (No. 21 Motorsports In Action McLaren Artura GT4). Three laps later, a slower P3 car balked the trio and Green made his move to maneuver past both Polito and Lazare.

From there, the Mount Kisco, New York, resident edged away to win by 1.208 seconds over Lazare.

“I was doing the rain dance the whole weekend,” Green said. “Once we put the wets on, I was pretty confident. I’ve had a lot of great races in the rain.

“We got a P3 car kind of stuck in front of us and he blocked everyone,” he added. “I knew that that was going to be the opportunity to get clear. It feels sweet, I’m so happy. This is such an awesome group, it’s like family to me. I’ve been so lucky that they took me under their wing. It’s my first real season in sports cars and to win it on my third try is awesome.”

Lazare trails GSX championship leader Luca Mars (No. 59 KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4) by 190 points with four races remaining. Both classes race next at VIRginia International Raceway as part of the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR weekend from Aug. 23-25.

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Orlando City SC Secures Historic 3-1 Victory Over New England Revolution

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (FNN SPORTS) – Orlando City SC secured a 3-1 victory over the New England Revolution on July 13, 2024, marking their first-ever win in Foxborough. Here are the key highlights and significant events:

  • First Half: New England took an early lead in the 23rd minute when Giacomo Vrioni scored off a cross from DeJuan Jones, assisted by Esmir Bajraktarevic.
  • Second Half:
    • 51st Minute: Facundo Torres equalized for Orlando City with a precise shot into the far-left corner, assisted by Iván Angulo.
    • 59th Minute: Ramiro Enrique put Orlando ahead with a quick touch-in goal off a set-piece, with assists from César Araújo and Martín Ojeda.
    • 81st Minute: Torres scored his second goal of the match, curling a left-footed shot into the far side netting, assisted by Luis Muriel.
  • Significant Events:
    • Facundo Torres recorded his second brace of the regular season and third across all competitions.
    • Orlando City has now scored 18 goals in their last six matches, a significant improvement from their 17 goals in the first 17 matches of the season.
    • Defenders Rodrigo Schlegel and Kyle Smith both made their 100th all-time starts for Orlando City.
    • Head Coach Oscar Pareja highlighted the team’s character and strong second-half performance, expressing pride in the team’s growing confidence and chemistry.

Orlando City will next face Nashville SC at GEODIS Park on Wednesday, July 17, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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