Complete results: Ernie Francis Jr. captures Trans Am Series championship as Chris Dyson wins finale at Daytona

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Complete results: Ernie Francis Jr. captures Trans Am Series championship as Chris Dyson wins finale at Daytona

Pair finishes 1-2 on Saturday

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Chris Dyson won at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

Chris Dyson in the No. 20 Plaid Mustang won the pole position in qualifying, led every lap of the 29-lap race on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway and clocked the fastest time of the session on his way to his third win of the season, but it wasn’t enough to derail Ernie Francis Jr. (No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang) in his drive to a sixth career title in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. 
Dyson mathematically had a chance at the championship if he were to win the season finale and Francis finished last. But with Francis taking second, the points from Dyson’s perfect weekend still weren’t enough to keep Francis from scoring a second consecutive TA title.
Despite coming up shy of his championship goal, the second-year TA driver was happy after the race. 

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Ernie Francis Jr., right, finished second on Saturday to score more than enough points to clinch the TA season title.

 “I won here a few times the first part of my racing career and I am feeling fantastic after that win,” Dyson said. “It’s so great to be back at Daytona winning here, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s been a very dramatic season for us, a lot of ups and downs. We came here and we’ve done exactly what we needed to do. We came up a bit short on the title race but it was a real joy and privilege to race out there today.”
Targeting the lead right from the drop of the green flag, Francis shadowed Dyson throughout the race. On the final lap, the 21-year-old South Floridian sliced a tire, extending Dyson’s margin of victory.
“I am really looking forward to next season racing against Chris (Dyson),” said Francis. “Chris and I go to battle every race and I think we’ve made each other better drivers because of it. We had to take it home today to clinch the championship. Wish we could have ended the season with a win, but we will be back next year even stronger.”
Adam Andretti drove from the back of the pack to finish third in the No. 17 Engineered Components Co./AnchorBolt Chevrolet Camaro, prevailing in a spirited battle to end Tomy Drissi’s bid for a fourth-consecutive podium finish in the No. 8 Lucas Oil/Axalta Chevrolet Camaro. The fight for the podium also earned Andretti the Cool Shirt Cool Move of Race.

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