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GRC Insider: Foust, Deegan Tied For Lead In Discount Tire/America’s Tire Cup

Photo credit: Matthew Kalish

Six drivers are within 11 points of the lead in the three-race Discount Tire/America’s Tire Cup, the $25,000 “championship within a championship” that the Global Rallycross Championship will award after the completion of Saturday night’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Through the first two races at Texas Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Olsbergs MSE teammates Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan share the lead in the standings with 32 points apiece. Scott-Eklund Racing’s Samuel Hubinette ranks third with 28 points, while Travis Pastrana holds fourth place with 23. Behind them, three drivers—Ken Block, David Binks, and the still-inactive Marcus Gronholm—share fifth place with 21 points each.

Theoretically, any of these six drivers could walk out of Vegas with the $25,000 bonus.

Foust and Deegan are the likely favorites, given their consistency all season. Foust scored finishes of second at Texas and fourth in Loudon, while Deegan placed third in both events. They’re also the only two drivers in the series to win heats in both events.

Photo credit: Matthew Kalish

Pastrana and Hubinette both established themselves as legitimate threats for the bonus at New Hampshire after finishing 1-2 in both their heat race and the final. For Pastrana, the victory was a relief after a series of DNFs in the first three events; for Hubinette, it was the realization of untapped potentials after multiple mechanical failures while running at the front of the pack at Texas and X Games.

For Block and Binks, the road has been a bit more difficult. Each has scored a fifth and an eighth place finish in the two previous bonus events, leaving them 11 points back of the lead. The position must be especially frustrating for Binks, who had been running exceptionally well at Loudon before a broken driveshaft ended his final early.

Two other drivers—Stephan Verdier and Andy Scott—are tied for eighth with 19 points apiece and could mathematically steal the title, but Scott announced on Wednesday that he would not race at Las Vegas. As for Verdier, he’d need a lot of help; to start, either Foust or Deegan would have to miss the final, while the other would have to finish 10th without winning a heat. Beyond that, the other drivers ahead would have to miss the podium in almost every case.

– Chris Leone

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