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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Tiptoeing at high speed around a rain-slicked track under the pressure of a two-lap overtime, Brendan Gaughan handed away the lead to Chase Elliott. Then he snatched it right back a few corners later. Hed still have two more drivers to hold off on the final lap -- including a last-ditch charge from Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, Que., the man who appeared to have the race all but won with a little more than a lap left in regulation. Gaughan already had gone sliding off the track a couple of times earlier. Oh, and his team forgot to bring a windshield wiper to install on his car. Through all that, Gaughan held on to win a rainy and wild NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America on Saturday. "I love racing in the rain," Gaughan said. "Its fun. And when youre good at it, it makes it even more fun. I havent smelled blood in a long time. Thats been something Ive been lacking lately is that killer attitude. When it started to rain, even without the wiper blade, I started to smell blood and said, Im coming." Gaughan won for the first time in the series, breaking through in his 98th career start. Tagliani was second, followed by Kevin OConnell, Elliott and J.J. Yeley as NASCAR drivers got a rare opportunity to race in the rain. It was the third time in Nationwide history that grooved rain tires have been used in a race; the previous two were in Montreal. NASCAR only uses rain tires on winding road courses, not on oval tracks. The rain added a tense new dimension to racing at Road America, a four-mile road course where the Nationwide Series already had shown an ability to put on a good show. "As we showed today, you can put on a hell of a race in the rain," Gaughan said. After watching his chance to win the race in regulation fizzle out, Tagliani -- who was leading when a late caution came out, ran out of gas and refuelled his car -- nearly charged all the way back to the lead when his crew put him back on slick tires to attack the drying track. "It was pretty intense," Tagliani said. "The wet was tricky, but obviously we were good. So I dont know. Maybe I threw a bad spell on myself because I was saying, Its impossible that Im going to win this race. Somethings going to happen. On the white flag, something happened." Added Gaughan: "(Give) Tagliani one more lap, the track was dry enough that he would have probably got to us. It worked out in our favour." It was an impressive finish for Elliott, an 18-year-old rookie and the son of NASCAR icon Bill Elliott. But he wasnt exactly patting himself on the back after the race. He missed most of Fridays practice after missing a shift and causing his crew to change engines, briefly slid off the track earlier in Saturdays race, then felt like the threw away a shot at a win. "Failure No. 3 on the weekend for me," Elliott said in a radio interview. "Missed shift yesterday, ran off the track, and then couldnt get the job done. Im going to have to step up." The race started a little more than an hour late, as NASCAR officials waited for a slightly damp track to dry out; the grooved rain tires are designed to work best in full wet conditions. Slightly heavier rain then began to fall just before the races halfway mark, causing the race to go under caution for a few laps before instructing teams to put on rain tires -- resulting in a rare test of NASCAR drivers skills in the rain. "It was ridiculous," Elliott said. "It really was. It was a handful." 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The program is a perfect 7-0 at home, with the two defeats on the schedule coming at San Diego State (53-49) and Kansas (63-60), both of which were ranked in the top-20 at the time. As for the Fighting Saints, a team which competes at the NAIA level, theyve already gone to battle against three other D-I programs (Purdue, South Alabama and Montana), and each of those outings was met with a sizeable defeat. The most recent game for Carroll was against Thompson Rivers back on Dec. 19, an outing that resulted in a 64-55 loss. In terms of an all-time series between these two programs, this is the first- ever meeting. Against Thompson Rivers, the Saints fell behind by a point at the break and then failed to keep up in the second half, en route to the nine-point road loss 11 days ago. Jake Hollifield registered a double-double for the program with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Zach Taylor and Ryan Imhoff accounted for 15 and 14 points, respectively, the latter shooting only 6-of-18 from the field and 2-of-10 behind the 3-point line. For a squad that is producing 72.1 ppg, shooting 46.5 percent from the fielld and 33.dddddddddddd9 percent beyond the arc, Taylor is the top offensive threat with his 18.9 ppg. An 86.2 percent shooter at the free-throw line, Taylor is also first on the unit with 38 assists and 25 steals, placing second on the glass with 4.4 rpg as well. Oliver Carr, held to only five points the last time out, is the other double-digit scorer for the Saints with 15.8 ppg. North Dakota State hung around for the first few minutes of the meeting with the Utes, but by the time the intermission rolled around, Utah was ahead by 17 points and never looked back. The hosts shot just under 52 percent from the floor in the meeting, helping them to overcome 8-of-23 shooting behind the 3- point line. Brekkott Chapman came off the bench to register 22 points on 9- of-13 shooting, followed by Delon Wright with 17 points, a game-high 10 assists and six rebounds, while Dakari Tucker pitched in 11 points. Not only is Wright the leading scorer for the Utes with his 16.4 ppg, shooting an impressive 57.7 percent from the floor, he is also first on the unit with 57 assists and 24 steals. In addition, Wright is also second on the glass with 5.2 rpg, the bulk of which have come at the defensive end of the floor, and has 11 blocked shots. Jakob Poeltl is the other active double-digit scorer for the program with 10.5 ppg, accounting for a team-best 8.6 rpg and 28 rejections as the squad clamps down on defense by limiting foes to 57.6 ppg based on 36.4 percent shooting from the floor. ' ' '
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