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The final leg of the race begins.

The Dinoco 400 is a Piston Cup Racing Series event. In Cars, it is the final 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, 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 the car next to him, who collides with the following racer, and soon everyone behind Weathers and Hicks are involved in a chaotic pile-up. However, McQueen carefully weaves through the crowd, much to the awe of the audience.

While all the 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 back 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 other 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.  

Results

Position Image Name Number Sponsor
1st (tie)
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Lightning McQueen 95 Rust-eze Medicated Bumper Ointment
1st (tie) Strip Weathers 43 Dinoco
1st (tie)
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Chick Hicks 86 Hostile Takeover Bank
4th
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Kevin Shiftright 121 Clutch Aid
5th
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Aiken Axler 28 Nitroade
6th
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Floyd Mulvihill 70 Gasprin
7th
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Murray Clutchburn 92 Sputter Stop
8th
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Crusty Rotor 76 Vinyl Toupee
9th
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Johnny Blamer 54 Faux Wheel Drive
10th
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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 Dale Earnhardt Inc.
11th
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Billy Oilchanger 58 Octane Gain
12th
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Ralph Carlow 117 Lil' Torquey Pistons
13th
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Mac iCar 84 Apple, Inc.
14th
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Davey Apex 84 Re-Volting
15th
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Ponchy Wipeout 90 Bumper Save
16th
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Todd Marcus 123 No Stall
17th
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Ryan Shields 39 View Zeen
18th
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Dirkson D'Agostino 34 Trunk Fresh
19th
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Sage VanDerSpin 80 Gask-Its
20th
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Rusty Cornfuel 4 Tow Cap
21st
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Brush Curber 56 Fiber Fuel
22nd
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Winford Bradford Rutherford 64 RPM
23rd
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Ernie Gearson 93 Spare Mint
24th
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James Cleanair 61 Vitoline
25th
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Slider Petrolski 74 Sidewall Shine
26th
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Kevin Racingtire 35 Shifty Drug
27th
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Greg Candyman 101 Tach-O-Mint
28th
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Eugene Carbureski 36 Tank Coat
29th
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Misti Motorkrass 73 Rev-N-Go
30th
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Manny Flywheel 68 N20 Cola
31st
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Darren Leadfoot 82 Shiny Wax
32nd
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Claude Scruggs 52 Leak Less
33rd
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Ruby "Easy" Oaks 51 Easy Idle
34th
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Haul Inngas 79 Retread
35th
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Lee Revkins 63 Transberry Juice
36th
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Chuck Armstrong 33 Mood Springs



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