Van Gisbergen’s Epic Climb from 18th to 1st: A Detailed Lap-by-Lap Analysis

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Van Gisbergen, the Supercars superstar, remained in the top-five in the initial stages, demonstrating remarkable composure in slippery conditions.

A sudden decision by NASCAR to trim the race by 25 laps led to a shake-up in the running order. This reshuffle saw Van Gisbergen finding himself deep within the pack.

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On the 47th lap, SVG entered the pit from the fourth spot and resumed at 18th. With the race now reduced to 75 laps, he had a monumental task ahead to claw back to the front.

During the 49th lap, several drivers spun off Turn 11, resulting in a track filled with cars. SVG narrowly avoided a standstill, got bumped from behind by A.J. Allmendinger, while finding his way through the havoc. He managed to overtake eight cars, but was pushed back to 18th after NASCAR revisited the previous scoring loop to streamline the running order.

On the 53rd lap, after the race was restarted, SVG initiated his upward move by overtaking his Trackhouse teammate Daniel Suarez at Turn 4 for the 17th spot. Suarez accidentally hit SVG’s back a few corners later, damaging his vehicle. On the same lap, SVG moved past Bubba Wallace for 16th place at Turn 7.

On the 54th lap, SVG strategically passed Michael McDowell for 15th and then Corey LaJoie for 14th position.

On the 55th lap, SVG executed a flawless pass inside former Cup champion Kevin Harvick at Turn 1, securing the 13th spot.

Lap 56 saw SVG moving up further when Christopher Bell, who had led most laps, spun out. SVG moved past William Byron and then Aric Almirola to enter the top-ten.

On the 58th lap, SVG overtook Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick met with an accident, which helped SVG gain another position. Now SVG was 8th, trailing the race leaders by almost ten seconds. However, Reddick’s accident caused a caution, bringing the whole field together again.

On the 61st lap, SVG resumed his ascent after the restart, catching up with cars that had surged ahead earlier due to strategic planning. SVG was faster, and his tires were in better condition than the cars he was competing against. He had a tussle with Austin Cindric and Larson, and after a misstep by Ty Gibbs, SVG moved to seventh.

During the 62nd lap, a mistake by Austin Dillon while competing for the lead led SVG to the sixth position. SVG took another shot at Cindric, successfully overtaking him this time, moving into the top-five.

The 63rd lap saw SVG overcoming reigning Cup champion Joey Logano for the fourth position.

On the 64th lap, SVG made his way past another Cup champion, Kyle Busch, moving into third place.

On the 66th lap, SVG began closing in on Chase Elliott, with lap times significantly faster than the leaders.

During the 68th lap, SVG made his way past Elliott and Justin Haley, taking the lead momentarily. But a sudden caution reset the positions, with Haley still leading the race.

Lap 71, with just five laps to go, SVG made a daring pass on Haley. Haley

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Van Gisbergen’s NASCAR Victory

Who is the subject of this text?

The text revolves around the race car driver Shane Van Gisbergen, also known as SVG.

What was SVG’s original position in the race?

Van Gisbergen started the race from the 18th position.

What decision significantly impacted the race’s running order?

NASCAR’s decision to shorten the race by 25 laps significantly impacted the race’s running order, causing Van Gisbergen to find himself deep in the pack.

Where did SVG make most of his successful overtakes?

SVG made most of his successful overtakes at Turn 2.

What was the outcome of the race?

Van Gisbergen emerged victorious in the race, making him the first driver in 60 years to win on his NASCAR Cup Series debut, and the first driver from New Zealand to win a NASCAR race on the national level.

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FirstCornerLover July 4, 2023 - 3:46 am

SVG’s pass on Harvick at Turn 1, pure class! What a race. This guy’s got a big future in NASCAR.

NASCAR_Diehard July 4, 2023 - 3:50 am

Wow…SVG is a beast!! can’t believe he pulled off those moves in the wet, and that overtake on Elliott, just incredible.

V8supercarsFan July 4, 2023 - 5:08 am

Good to see SVG bringing that Supercars experience to NASCAR. What a debut win!

Turn2Fan July 4, 2023 - 6:19 am

gotta admit, SVG’s got some magic happening at Turn 2. He owned it!

KiwiRacer July 4, 2023 - 4:58 pm

Finally, a kiwi winning a NASCAR race! Makes us all proud back home. SVG, you’re the man!!!

PitStopPro July 4, 2023 - 11:52 pm

Talk about a comeback! from 18th to 1st, thats just nuts. SVG’s a racing wizard, for real.

RacingFan01 July 5, 2023 - 12:00 am

man, van Gisbergen really knows his stuff, huh? never seen a climb like that before. He’s got real talent.


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