PJ EVENS FOR THE WIN IN THE NICK’S PIT STOP LEGENDS DAV FALL CLASSIC - DESHAIES SURVIVES LAST LAP DRAMA FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Legends were last in line on Friday night to crown their season champion, and the ensuing battle between Devin Deshaies, Reese Bogue, Jake Silvia, and Josh Parsons did not disappoint.
Trouble found Bogue early as he became tangled with a handful of drivers in a Lap 1 incident, but fortunately was able to rejoin competition after heading pit side for repairs under yellow.
Jacob Burns and PJ Evans showed the way for most of the 30-lap feature, with Deshaies, Parsons, and Silvia all riding in line just behind. Deshaies No. 88 machine was strong throughout, moving by Nick Bulkeley and Evans as the laps wore on, distancing himself from his playoff challengers.
On Lap 22, Deshaies and Burns got together as they battled for the lead, sending Deshaies into a spin. Burns’ day was done, and Deshaies was put to the rear as an incident car. With minimal laps remaining, Deshaies would need the drive of his life to have a hope of grabbing the championship.
The field regrouped and got underway for a few more laps, allowing Deshaies to make up significant ground on Silvia, Parsons, and Bogue. One last time, the yellow flag flew, forcing a mad dash to the finish with three laps remaining.
Silvia, Bogue and Parsons lined up grouped together one last time, led by Evans and Bulkely. Deshaies still sat a few rows deep.
Coming off Turn 4 to take the checkered flag, Silvia and Bogue became crossed up as they drag raced for the championship, sending both cars off course and taking Parsons with them. Like a phoenix from the ashes, Devin Deshaies drove to the outside, avoiding the wreckage involving his playoff challengers, and soared across the line to claim the 2022 Legends Championship in heroic fashion.
At the line, Evans crossed first to take down the feature win, followed by Bulkeley and Deshaies. Isaiah Newcomb and Mason Tessier followed, finishing fourth and fifth. After the dust settled on the final lap. Reese Bogue was scored 10th, Parsons 12th, and Silvia 13th.
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