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The last leg of the race begins.

The Dinoco 400 is a Piston Cup Racing Series event. In Cars, it is the last race of the 2005 season, and it is held at the Motor Speedway of the South. Prior to the race, Strip Weathers, Chick Hicks, and Lightning McQueen are tied in season points that determine the Piston Cup champion. However, due to a tire malfunction from McQueen, the race results in the first three-way tie in the league's history. A three-way tie-breaker race is then set to take place one week later at the Los Angeles International Speedway. Chick Hicks ultimately wins the season, which also earns him his first title as well, although many see McQueen as the true winner due to Hicks' poor sportsmanship.

The Race

Weathers, Hicks, and McQueen lead the pack.

Early on, Weathers, Hicks, and McQueen work their way to their usual positions at the front of the pack. Hicks and McQueen fight to pass one another, and their quarrel ends with Hicks performs a PIT maneuver on McQueen, causing him to spin out towards the infield. McQueen recovers quickly, and Hicks notices. He intentionally bumps Winford Bradford Rutherford, who collides with Floyd Mulvihill and Murray Clutchburn, and soon everyone behind Weathers and Hicks are involved in a chaotic pile-up, otherwise known as the infamous "Dinoco's All Mine" incident. However, McQueen carefully weaves through the wreckage, much to the awe of the audience.

While all the other racers pit, McQueen opts to reject his team's tire changes and only slurp gas, in favor of getting back out quickly and maintaining a massive lead. Going into the final leg of the race, McQueen has significantly farther ahead than the others.

The three-way tie.

When the final lap arrives, McQueen is leading by an entire lap. Right as announcers Darrell Cartrip and Bob Cutlass prepare to crown the champion, McQueen's left-rear tire blows out as he rounds the very last corner. McQueen tries his best to maintain as much speed as possible, but he has slowed down immensely, which only worsens when his right rear tire explodes. Weathers and Hicks round the final corner, and prepare to pass McQueen, who is desperately jumping towards the finish line. McQueen, Hicks, and Weathers all pass the finish line at the exact same time—causing the fans and announcers alike to excitedly speculate.

Officials take time to study footage and determine a winner while the competitors take interviews and make sponsor appearances. The officials announce that the race has been called a three-way draw, and the three first-place finishers will compete in a tie-breaker race at the Los Angeles International Speedway one week later.

Finishing Positions

Position Number Sponsor Name
1 95 Rust-eze Lightning McQueen
1 43 Dinoco Strip Weathers
1 86 htB Chick Hicks
4 121 Clutch Aid Kevin Shiftright
5 28 Nitroade Aiken Axler
6 70 Gasprin Floyd Mulvihill
7 76 Vinyl Toupee Crusty Rotor
8 117 Lil' Torquey Pistons Ralph Carlow
9 92 Sputter Stop Murray Clutchburn
10 54 Faux Wheel Drive Johnny Blamer
11 8 Dale Earnhardt, inc. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
12 58 Octane Gain Billy Oilchanger
13 123 No Stall Todd Marcus
14 39 View Zeen Ryan Shields
15 84 Apple, inc. Mac iCar
16 34 Trunk Fresh Dirkson D'Agostino
17 84 Re-Volting Davey Apex
18 90 Bumper Save Ponchy Wipeout
19 80 Gask-its Sage VanDerSpin
20 4 Tow Cap Rusty Cornfuel
21 56 Fiber Fuel Brush Curber
22 35 Shifty Drug Kevin Racingtire
23 74 Sidewall Shine Slider Petrolski

Hauler Positions

Hauler Image Racer
Dinoco Trailer.jpg Strip Weathers
HTB Trailer.jpg Chick Hicks
Nitroade Trailer.jpg Aiken Axler
Screenshot 20210306-100531 YouTube.jpg Ruby "Easy" Oaks
View Zeen Hauler.jpg Ryan Shields
Shiny Wax Hauler.jpg Darren Leadfoot
Gask its hauler.jpg Sage VanDerSpin
Vitoline Hauler.jpg James Cleanair
IMG 3517.JPG Murray Clutchburn
Screenshot 20210306-100708 YouTube.jpg Mac iCar
Screenshot 20210306-100308 YouTube.jpg Chuck Armstrong
Octane Gain Hauler.jpg Billy Oilchanger
Tow Cap Hauler.jpg Rusty Cornfuel
Rev N Go Hauler.jpg Misti Motorkrass
N20 cola hauler.jpg Manny Flywheel
Screenshot 20210306-100650 YouTube.jpg Ponchy Wipeout
Spare mint hauler.jpg Ernie Gearson
Tank coat hauler.jpg Eugene Carbureski
Trunk Fresh Hauler.jpg Dirkson D'Agostino
VT Hauler CF.jpg Crusty Rotor
RPM Hauler.jpg Winford Bradford Rutherford
Rust-eze Trailer.jpg Lightning McQueen
Leak Less Hauler.jpg Claude Scruggs
Clutch aid hauler.jpg Kevin Shiftright
Shifty Drug Hauler car finder.jpg Kevin Racingtire
Transberry juice hauler.jpg Lee Revkins
Fiber fuel hauler.jpg Brush Curber
Screenshot 20210306-195241 YouTube.jpg Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Lil torqey hauler.jpg Ralph Carlow
No Stall Hauler.jpg Todd Marcus
Gasprin hauler.jpg Floyd Mulvihill
Sidewall Shine Hauler.jpg Slider Petrolski
IMG 3516.JPG Johnny Blamer
Retread hauler.jpg Haul Inngas
Re Volting Hauler.jpg Davey Apex



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