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JUL 22, 2014 | Toronto

Martin Grabs World Challenge Victory; Udell A Close Runner-Up, Roush Nets A Pair of Third-Place Finishes


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(Photos by J.T. Brazier)

Dean Martin drove his No. 50 Picture Cars East/Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302S to victory in the GTS class of last Saturday's Pirelli World Challenge series race in Toronto. Jack Roush Jr. piloted his No. 60 ROUSH Road Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R to a third-place finish in the same event, the first of his two third-place finishes on the weekend.

On Sunday, Alec Udell, of The Woodlands, Texas, in the No. 17 Watson Racing/MDG Ford Mustang Boss 302S, finished a close second in the GTS class to race winner and series points leader Mark Wilkins after placing fifth in Saturday's race for the fifth time this season.

Martin started seventh on the GTS grid in Saturday's battle and survived an incident that created a full-course caution and put the race under yellow for nearly 15 minutes of the 50-minute timed event. He held off Lawson Aschenbach on a late restart after another caution flag to hold on for the victory. Martin (842 points) trails only Wilkins (983) in the GTS drivers points standings. Roush is fifth at 741.

The 18-year-old Udell has earned some notice for his driving this season. Not the least of his admirers is Wilkins, who praised the youngster after holding on for the Sunday win.

“I have to say Alec Udell drove a fantastic race,” Wilkins said. “He was clean, we had a great battle, and he made me drive down the inside of the track. That made it fun and stressful at the same time."