Shane van Gisbergen Repeats as Winner in Chicago Street Race

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CHICAGO, IL - RIS - Shane van Gisbergen is 2 for 2 in racing in the streets of America's third largest city. After his breakout success last summer, the Australian Supercars champion made the decision to come over and race in America first time, signing a contract with Kaulig Racing for the full Xfinity season. A year later, he's a threat for the championship with his remarkable road course results and modern success on ovals.

Kyle Larson. and van Gisbergen engaged in battle early as Larson tried to take advantage of the extra seat time and the chance to battle with the most experienced street racer in the NASCAR series.

"Obviously he was way faster than me," Larson said after finishing third, "I think he was having fun just playing with me. Honestly, I wanted to use this race to learn, and I wanted to take the first opportunity I got to battle him.

We were going to give each other space because it’s early on but you just never know when the race plays out if I was going to have a chance to battle him and learn race craft stuff."

 Larson. and van Gisbergen engaged in battle early as Larson tried to take advantage of the extra seat time and the chance to battle with the most experienced street racer in the NASCAR series.

"Obviously he was way faster than me," Larson said after finishing third, "I think he was having fun just playing with me. Honestly, I wanted to use this race to learn, and I wanted to take the first opportunity I got to battle him and learn race stuff."

A restart with seven laps remaining saw Jesse Love in the lead ahead of Ty Gibbs, Sam Mayer, and Sheldon Creed. van Gisbergen was lying in wait back in fifth position, before the completion of the first green flag lap he had made his way past Creed and Mayer and was hunting down the leaders.

Gibbs was forced to play defense while attempting to secure the lead with SVG looming large in his mirror. Two laps later, Leland Honeyman Jr. spun around, deeply embedding his car into the tire barrier, setting up a final four-lap sprint for the leaders.

Van Gisbergen made the move to pass Gibbs on the restart and claim second position.

With a pass on Love on the inside of Turn seven, van Gisbergen secured the lead, and Gibbs followed. Love continued to fall through the field as Larson and Parker Kligerman found their way by.

SVG then sailed to the victory, the second straight win at Chicago's Loop.

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