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Gibson punches ticket to post-season with win at Pocono

Ryan Gibson was on the outside looking in entering the Maritime Bus 175 on Tuesday night at the Pocono Raceway. Despite having an average finish of 7.50, he sat in 24th in the driver standings having only started four of the first seven regular season races.

Any questions if he would be participating in the chase for the series championship this fall were put to rest on Tuesday when he drove to victory lane, securing his spot in the playoffs.

Starting sixth, Gibson (#23 Chevrolet, West Virginia, USA) would race near the front of the field for the 80 lap-race around the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway, ultimately making his move in the final 32-lap green flag run to claim the victory.

“It feels great, I really needed that win considering my place in the points,” shared Gibson.  “The finishes I've had have been good but I needed to punch my ticket.  I knew I had a fast car so I tried to stay calm and take my time getting the positions back that I had lost.”

Rounding out the top-five was Jose Mercado in second (#41 Ford, Florida, USA), Corbin MacAulay in third (#17 Logitech G Ford for Hurricanes eMotorsports, PEI, Canada), Darcy Ford in fourth (#64 Suck it Up Septic Ford for Atlantic Motorsports, PEI, Canada) and Chad Hyder in fifth (#21 Youtube.com/DHammIAm Ford for Buckeye Performance Emotorsports, Ohio, USA).

With the victory, Gibson becomes the seventh different driver to win in the first eight races this season.  He joins Jacob Nelson, Waylon Brown, Shane Cannon, Darcy Ford, Scott Bailey and Jose Mercado who have already clinched their spots in the playoffs.

“Clinching the playoff spot will just make the upcoming races less stressful knowing I'm in the chase.”

This was the fifth victory this season for Chevrolet, while Ford has claimed wins in the other three races; Toyota continues to be winless.

The second half of the regular season begins on Tuesday, July 21 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Fix Auto 200 at the Brickyard.

 

Maritime Bus 175 race recap

Pole-sitter, Jose Mercado would build a sizeable lead in the opening laps, pulling away from the field early in the race, while eventual race-winner, Ryan Gibson, would drop back to 25th after suffering minor damage to his Chevrolet.

Fresh tires proved to be favored over track-position throughout the race as teams elected to pit during the first green flag run, then again during the scheduled caution on lap-24.

On the restart, Gibson would jump ahead of Jose Mercado with Darcy Ford not far behind as the field would begin to spread out prior to green flag pit stops; the field would reshuffle leading up to the second scheduled caution on lap-48 with Scott Bailey and Shane Cannon leading the field.

Bailey, Mercado, Nelson, Cannon, Gibson and Ford battled for the lead as we returned to green flag racing with 32-laps to go, with Nelson eventually building up a large lead over the rest of the field.

Once the field concluded their final green flag pit stops, Gibson was the front runner in the closing laps en route to his first victory of the season.

There were two scheduled cautions in the 80-lap race.

 

Here are the official results from the Maritime Bus 175 at Pocono Raceway.

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

MANUFACTURER

STATUS

QUALIFY

1

23

Ryan Gibson

West Virginia, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P6

2

41

Jose Mercado

Florida, USA

Ford

Complete

P1

3

17

Corbin MacAulay

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P7

4

64

Darcy Ford

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P4

5

21

Chad Hyder

Ohio, USA

Ford

Complete

P27

6

42

Mike Marini

Ontario, Canada

Toyota

Complete

P5

7

67

Waylon Brown

Alberta, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P9

8

88

Shane Cannon

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P3

9

4

Scott Bailey

Michigan, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P29

10

6

Trevor Kinsey

Michigan, USA

Ford

Complete

P18

11

13

Kevin Daigle

Ontario, Canada

Toyota

Complete

P10

12

9

Jacob Nelson

Tennessee, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P2

13

66

Jason MacQuarrie

PEI, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P8

14

15

Joseph Squatriglia

Pennsylvania, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P22

15

47

Michael Robinson

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P26

16

44

Dalton Simpson

Illinois, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P20

17

33

Jason Maluchnik

Pennsylvania, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P14

18

19

Michael Dimitroff

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P25

19

63

Bruce Webb

Nova Scotia, Canada

Toyota

1 lap down

P21

20

2

Daniel Cudmore

PEI, Canada

Ford

1 lap down

P19

21

18

Blake Bernard

PEI, Canada

Toyota

2 laps down

P16

22

10

Jason Butler

Ontario, Canada

Ford

2 laps down

P23

23

0 9

Jason Laube

Minnesota, USA

Chevrolet

2 laps down

P15

24

98

Mark Cox

PEI, Canada

Ford

3 laps down

P24

25

60

Lee Campbell

New York, USA

Ford

8 laps down

P13

26

38

Jayce Swint

Alabama, USA

Toyota

16 laps down

P11

27

77

Eric Greer

Kentucky, USA

Toyota

19 laps down

P17

28

55

Trent Neilson

Indiana, USA

Ford

22 laps down

P28

29

81

Kevin Fenech

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

64 laps down

P12

 

Watch the archived broadcast of the Maritime Bus 175 at www.hollandcollege.com/esports.

For more information on the Canadian eMotorsports Series, visit www.hollandcollege.com/esportswww.facebook.com/emotorsportsCANwww.twitter.com/emotorsportsCAN and www.instagram.com/emotorsportsCAN.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020