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Chase Elliott

Elliott regained the series points lead with his third career win in his 18th start. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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JOLIET, Ill. - Chase Elliott captured his third career NASCAR Nationwide Series win in Saturday night's EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

“We had a fast race car for sure but killer pit stops and that was the key do being out front and staying there,” said Elliott, who led a race-high 85 laps.

Elliott took over the series point lead with his victory, which came in his first career start at the 1.5-mile track.

“I just try to make the most of the practice laps,” Elliott explained on how he learns to race at tracks where he’s never competed. “The biggest thing is these guys brought me a really fast race car.
“That’s the biggest thing. That gives me time to learn the race track instead of having to work on the car and do it at the same time.”

Trevor Bayne, Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Ty Dillon rounded out the top five.

“I’m proud of this Roush-Fenway Racing team,” Bayne said. “We’ve had some rough races lately, but we’re trying hard and we aren’t giving up.”

Brian Scott finished sixth and captured the $100,000 bonus he was eligible for as part of the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash program.

“This is such a great thing for this team and the series,” said Scott, who started from the pole and led 20 laps. “It’s great Nationwide does this for the series and $100,000 is a lot of money for all these teams so I’m grateful for them and for this team to give me such a great car tonight.”

Scott, Elliott, Bayne and Dillon are eligible for the bonus next week in Indianapolis.

Erik Jones finished seventh in his first career Nationwide Series start with Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney and Elliott Sadler completed the top ten finishers.

Sam Hornish Jr. was an early exit from the race after completing only seven laps when an engine failure sidelined him.

“We know one thing – there’s a big hole in the oil pan,” a frustrated Hornish said after he was forced to start from the rear of the field from an unapproved change to the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. “Our car was really good there to start off the race. We had to start at the back with a problem that we had during qualifying, but I felt like we were gonna have a really good day.

“The Monster Energy car was really awesome in practice and I felt like this was going to be a great opportunity to not only lead laps but go out and win the race. It’s unfortunate that it ended so soon, and it’s not what these guys or myself deserve.”

Elliott leads JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith, who finished 16th Saturday night, by seven points in the standings with Elliott eight out. Dillon and Scott round out the top five in the standings.

There were 17 lead changes among 11 different drivers in a race that had three caution flags for 13 laps.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series now heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next Saturday afternoon for the Lilly Diabetes 250.

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