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Van Gisbergen charges to victory on NASCAR debut

SUPERCARS champion Shane van Gisbergen has delivered a remarkable performance to upstage NASCAR’s stars and snatch victory in his first ever Cup Series race.

Van Gisbergen was the star of the show in Chicago right from practice, which he topped.

Qualifying third and starting in tricky conditions, van Gisbergen was a contender before being strategically crippled by a call by officials to shorten the race from 100 laps to 75.

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That came after torrential rain delayed the race start, pushing the finish closer to sunset.

With a number of cars having gambled (successfully) on an early stop, van Gisbergen and the lead bunch lost out when they ducked to pit road for a final time on Lap 47.

He re-emerged way down in 18th, only to scythe his way through the field in stunning fashion.

By a late-race restart after Martin Truex Jr crashed, van Gisbergen was second and right on the tail of leader Justin Haley.

Van Gisbergen wasted little time as the race went back to green, completing a pass by Turn 4.

The Kiwi blazed clear – but there was another hurdle to come, as Bubba Wallace clattered into Ricky Stenhouse Jr at Turn 1 on the penultimate lap to trigger yet another caution and send the race into overtime.

That left van Gisbergen with a two-lap dash to the flag with a train of desperate drivers behind him, led by Haley and Chase Elliott trying to secure a playoffs berth.

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But he navigated the restart to see the white flag and then hang on for that final lap to etch his place in the record books, an achievement he celebrated with a trademark burnout.

It makes the 34-year-old the first driver in 60 years to win on Cup Series debut.

Haley finished second ahead of Elliott, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch in an all-Chevrolet top five.

RESULTS: NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicago Street Course

PosNo.DriverCarTime
191Shane van GisbergenChevrolet78 laps
231Justin HaleyChevrolet+1.259s
39Chase ElliottChevrolet+1.685s
45Kyle LarsonChevrolet+2.448s
58Kyle BuschChevrolet+2.801s
62Austin CindricFord+3.915s
734Michael McDowellFord+4.461s
822Joey LoganoFord+5.641s
954Ty GibbsToyota+6.382s
1017Chris BuescherFord+6.55s
1111Denny HamlinToyota+6.734s
1210Aric AlmirolaFord+8.028s
1324William ByronChevrolet+8.242s
147Corey LaJoieChevrolet+8.549s
1541Ryan PreeceFord+8.894s
1643Erik JonesChevrolet+10.053s
1716AJ AllmendingerChevrolet+10.589s
1820Christopher BellToyota+10.959s
1938Todd GillilandFord+11.471s
2014Chase BriscoeFord+11.776s
2115Jenson ButtonFord+11.991s
221Ross ChastainChevrolet+13.327s
2378Josh BilickiChevrolet+13.871s
246Brad KeselowskiFord+14.672s
2542Noah GragsonChevrolet+14.966s
2651Andy LallyFord+15.83s
2799Daniel SuarezChevrolet+16.125s
2845Tyler ReddickToyota+16.39s
294Kevin HarvickFord+17.993s
3021Harrison BurtonFord+18.74s
3123Bubba WallaceToyota+39.709s
3219Martin Truex Jr.Toyota+1 lap
3312Ryan BlaneyFord+1 lap
3447Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Chevrolet+1 lap
3577Ty DillonChevrolet+11 laps
363Austin DillonChevrolet+16 laps
3748Alex BowmanChevrolet+38 laps
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