Payne beats Marshall in close 2019 US Nationals race

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jay Payne is the Top Alcohol Funny Car winner at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on Monday. He defeated Chris Marshall at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Payne went 5.563 at 264.86 mph to win the Wally. Marshall went 5.565 at 261.93 mph in the losing effort.

Driver Jay Payne competing in Top Alcohol Funny Car at a race
Jay Payne competing in Top Alcohol Funny Car at a race (Photo by PEAK Auto)

The Claremont, California native picked up his third Indy win. He previously won in 2010 and 2014.

Prior to this final round appearance, both drivers had two wins against each other. However, this was the first-time they faced off against each other in the final round.

Both drivers were 0.001 seconds a part of the starting line. Payne had an 0.032 reaction time, while Marshall had an 0.033.

The duo were side-by-side down the track. The McMinnville, Oregon native had a small lead all the way until the finish line when Payne got the win.

The California native won by 0.0031 seconds, or approx. 14 inches. He now has 44 career wins.

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