McConnell dominates to claim first-ever win at Nitro RX – DirtFish

His Vermont SportsCar teammate Travis Pastrana, the defending Glen Helen tournament winner, failed to earn a certain final spot after missing the last-chance qualifying grid.

It was a weekend to forget for the defending champion who, despite topping practice time and winning his seed on Saturday, fell at the first barrier on the battle grid and then spun in his opening heat on Sunday and hit a wall in his semi-final that required lengthy repairs and his lack of a grid deadline for the LCQ.

However, it would be a definite feature in the main event, with the field reduced to eight cars after Jenson Button, the ninth and final Group E entrant this weekend, retired before the start of the race following a bypass during Friday practice which left him didn’t get the track time he thought he needed to compete.

In NRX Next, George Megennis and Kasper Jansson shared the spoils, with Megennis taking a dominant Saturday victory with a heat win and then a comfortable stoplight-to-flag race in the final as 2021 champion Jansson spun.

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