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Savoie beats Tonglet in Brainerd

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

White Alligator Racing’s Jerry Savoie has won the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. He defeated his teammate and points leader LE Tonglet in the final round.

The reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion went 6.846 at 194.80 for the win. Tonglet went 6.910 at 194.02 mph.

Jerry Savoie (Photo by the NHRA)

Jerry Savoie (Photo by the NHRA)

This is Savoie’s second win this season. It’s his eighth win of his career.

“The season has been really good,” Savoie said. “I’ve had some misfortunes a couple of times and my riding hasn’t been like it should be. LE is solid as a rock, so when you beat him, it’s pretty rewarding. He’s taught me a lot and I’ve taught him some things and we thrive off each other. We bring out the best in each other and that’s what it takes to win races.”

This is the first-time that Tonglet lost in the final round this year. He’s now 5-1 and is 15-5 in his career.

Savoie is now 2-1 in final rounds this season. He’s 8-11 in final round appearances.

Prior to this final round, Tonglet is 7-4 against Savoie. Tonglet also held a 1-0 advantage over his teammate in the final round.

Savoie, the Alligator hunter in Louisiana, had the advantage by the Christmas three. He then would increase his lead throughout the rest of the race.

He won by 0.0671 seconds or approx. 19 feet to beat Tonglet.

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