Chase Elliott scored his third win of the season when he conquered the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval in Sunday’s Bank of America 400.
Elliott, who also won Stage 2, rebounded from impact with the Turn 1 wall while leading on a Lap 65 restart to take the checkered flag in the second event held at the 17-turn, 2.28-mile track.
“I’m not sure you can do anything more stupid, so take a lesson, don’t do that,” Elliott said about his trip into the wall. “I don’t know how it didn’t hurt it, I hit the wall pretty hard. Luckily our splitter was close to the ground and got it done. Just wow.”
It all worked out for the Hendrick Motorsports driver who now brings a great deal of momentum into the next round of the playoffs.
“Just to have another 6 points leaving today for the next round is huge and there’s nothing you can do to replicate that. Wins are wins. Those points you get, you can’t put a value on that.”
Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
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William Byron, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano completed the first 10 finishers.
Kyle Larson and Elliott won the first two stages. Stage Points
The Round of 12 drivers is now set with Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, William Byron and Clint Bowyer still in the championship hunt.
Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones were eliminated today from advancing. (Read More)
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Dover International Speedway to start the Round of 12 next Sunday.
How Elliott Won: He had one of the day’s fastest cars but his huge mistake driving into the first turn wall when he locked up his brakes on a restart looked like it would cost Elliott a chance to win. Fortunately his car was not severely damaged and he was able to methodically move his way to the front of the field and finally got around Harvick for the top spot. He kept the lead the rest of the way for the final six laps on his way to Victory Lane.
Who Had a Good Day: Bowman, in a backup car, had his best career road course finish, finished top five in both Roval starts…Harvick has finished in the top-10 in both Roval starts…Bowyer has finished top 10 in five of the last six races this season…Keselowski had his best road course finish of the season.
Who Had a Bad Day: Erik Jones most likely needed to win in order to stay alive in the playoffs thanks to his disqualification last week in Richmond. Instead the Joe Gibbs Racing driver had a disastrous day with an early accident, last place finish and an exit from the championship picture…Jones wasn’t alone in playoff disappointment by any means as three other drivers failed to advance to the Round of 12…Ryan Newman stalled his car coming out of his pit stall late and had to charge through the field but came up just short of advancing…Kurt Busch got caught up in one of the day’s many accidents to eliminate his chances of moving on…Aric Almirola also fell back late in the race and was unable to make up the necessary spots to keep his playoff hopes alive.
What Else Happened: The second year of racing at the Roval proved to be as challenging as the first race last season but maybe for some different reasons. The newly configured chicane caused a number of problems for drivers and in turn created penalties as the sanctioning body had outlined. This year’s Roval return seemed to favor drivers who have better road racing skills than the track’s debut, which was a bit more of a wild card.
Quotable: “If you can’t pass anyone, you just spin them now, isn’t this how this works?” – Ryan Newman
Notables: All four Hendrick Motorsports cars finished top 10 for the second time in 2019, both at Charlotte…Elliott is the fifth driver to win this season after being involved in an accident….This was Chevrolet’s sixth win of the year.