Chase Elliott felt proper at residence, embraced by followers at a observe a number of hours from residence and one the place his father celebrated victory a few a long time earlier than.
This time it was Chase’s flip.
Elliott received the Cup Collection race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, giving Chevrolet its first victory of the season. He completed nicely within the clear from a race-ending crash that flipped Kyle Larson a half-dozen instances.
Elliott took the lead shortly after a restart with 4 laps to go and labored with three different Chevy drivers to carry off the remainder of the sphere. He received for the primary time since October and went to victory lane about 150 miles from his hometown in Georgia.
His Corridor of Fame father Invoice Elliott received twice at Talladega within the 1980s.
“Dad’s historical past, clearly very cool,” Chase Elliott stated. “To me the most important piece of at present was simply how a lot of a house race it felt like after the race. I used to be blown away by the folks and the way fired up all people was. That was an unbelievable expertise. We’re near residence, in order that’s cool, and so they made me really feel that manner.
“I could not ask for far more there.”
His father was again in Georgia driving in a classic automobiles race. (He received, too),
Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman completed second, adopted by rookie Ryan Preece, Joey Logano and one other rookie, Daniel Hemric.
Elliott is the sixth driver to win by means of 10 Cup races this season and locked up a playoff spot.
Elliott credited a gathering with all Chevy drivers for the late-race teamwork.
The race ended below warning after David Ragan hit William Byron, who tagged Kyle Larson and despatched him sliding throughout the observe. Larson then flipped half a dozen instances earlier than coming to a cease.
“That was most likely the longest flip I’ve ever had,” Larson stated. “I have not seen a replay of it. I did not know if it might ever cease. I knew I used to be flipping and was simply hoping that I wasn’t going to get any nearer to the catch fence, so it was somewhat bit scary, however fortunately I am all proper.”
The 2019 aerodynamics package deal had automobiles reaching increased speeds than NASCAR needed in apply, so officers tried to sluggish them down with a late guidelines tweak. However the adjustments made the automobiles go even quicker, leaving many veterans cautious of the closing speeds and potential for chaos and high-speed crashes.
However the race was principally wreck-free — till the ultimate lap.
Elliott’s victory ended a seven-race successful streak for Ford at Talladega. Penske Racing had received six of the final 9.
However it was a Chevy celebration — for a change.
“We wanted to win this,” stated Alan Gustafson, Elliott’s crew chief. “We wanted to consolidate our efforts. We wanted to interrupt the streak that one in every of our rivals has right here.”
Bowman did not get an opportunity to attempt any last-gasp makes an attempt to go his Hendrick Motorsports teammate due to the warning.
“Properly, I am not simply going to let him win, proper?” Bowman stated. “I’ve obtained to attempt. I knew I might get to his quarter panel. I used to be fairly assured I might get to his quarter panel within the tri-oval and who is aware of who’s going to get to the road first at that time. I believed I might do it, nevertheless it depends upon the automotive behind you and the place he goes. It might have been enjoyable to attempt.
Martin Truex Jr.’s race basically ended with seven laps to go.
Aric Almirola turned Chris Buescher, who was vying for the 10th spot, popping out of Flip 2 and prompted a four-car wreck that included Truex and introduced out a pink flag. Buescher slammed into the wall and began spinning.
Matt DiBenedetto had nowhere to go and rammed into Buescher’s rotating Chevy, lifting it a number of ft off the observe. Buescher automotive then hit Truex and Justin Haley.
It did not take lengthy for the primary wreck at Talladega Superspeedway. The primary one caught up Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick.
Bubba Wallace and Ryan Blaney tangled on Lap 10 to the touch off the crash that additionally caught up Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.
Wallace went low, obtained sideways after which slid again throughout the observe, slamming into Michael McDowell and inflicting heavy injury to each automobiles. Harvick, McDowell and Wallace had been knocked out of the race.
Hamlin joined them within the pits a short while later.
It was a tricky day for Toyota, with the one High 10 end with Kyle Busch at No. 9. Martin Truex Jr., Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto had been caught up in wrecks.
Seven-time collection champion Jimmie Johnson ran over a bit of particles, punctured a tire and hit the wall early within the race. He fell a number of laps behind the leaders and prolonged his career-long winless streak to 69 races.
The Cup Collection strikes to Delaware subsequent Sunday for the Dover 400. Harvick is the defending race winner.