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Tanner Foust maintained his points lead in the Global Rallycross Championship with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s fourth event of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Foust, who was the top seed, finished behind winner Travis Pastrana, runner-up Samuel Hubinette and third-place Brian Deegan.
The night began with Foust and David Binks finishing 1-2 in the first heat of the night, automatically advancing into the GRC Main. Deegan and Ken Block battled to be first off the line in Heat 2 but Block was ultimately pushed into the tire barricades by Andy Scott, forcing him to the pits and into the Last Chance Qualifier. Deegan finished first in Heat 2 securing three of the four Fiestas a chance in the Global Rallycross Championship Main. The Monster World Rally Team got Block's car together in time for the Last Chance Qualifier in which he finished third and made it four Fiestas in the 10-car GRC Main.
The GRC Main started with Foust in first position, Deegan third, Binks fifth and Block ninth. Foust and Pastrana battled for the top spot while Deegan and Binks charged behind.
"Travis was challenging after the straightaway. He caught up to me on the back straightaway and by the second lap we came into a wood hairpin where I pulled the hand brake, locked up all four tires, stalled the engine and held up traffic,” said Foust. “Travis finally pushed me off the hairpin, I dropped the clutch and restarted the engine but lost a lot of positions heading out into the middle of the pack. That's when the work began and I ended up finishing fourth overall."
Deegan moved swiftly through the cars taking a non-traditional approach to the joker lap, which set him back too far to catch Pastrana.
"This was a good race, not my best but the race was cool. I hit the joker in the middle of the race, taking a big race, and came out battle two of the drivers in the back. Once I got passed them, Travis was too far gone and I ended up in third."
Block finished his rough weekend fifth while Binks secured eighth.
The Global Rallycross Championship will return to action at Auto Club Speedway in mid-September with Tanner Foust leading the overall points and Deegan closely following his Fiesta teammate in third.
Unofficially, the GRC driver points standings are as follows:
1. Tanner Foust - 62 points
2. Samuel Hubinette - 50 points
3. Brian Deegan - 49 points
4. Marcus Gronholm - 43 points
5. David Binks - 41 points
6. Ken Block - 40 points
7. Stephan Verdier - 39 points
8. Andy Scott - 38 points
9. Rhys Millen - 37 points
10.Travis Pastrana - 34 points
11. Sverre Isachsen - 31 points
12. Liam Doran - 27 points
13. Dave Mirra - 23 points
14. Sebastien Lobe - 21 points
15. Bucky Lasek - 19 points
16. Pat Moro - 12 points
17. David Higgins - 10 points
18. Toomas Heikkinen - 8 points
19. Tim Rooney - 4 points
20. Richard Burton - 3 points
21. Bryce Menzies - 2 points
22. Filipe Albuquerque - 1 points
23. Jimmy Keeney – 0 points