NASCAR’s Second Coming, Chase Elliott Wins At Dover

NASCAR’s second coming might finally be living up to the ultra lofty expectations the media has bestowed upon him. Chase Elliott captured career Cup win #2 in a fashion he previously would have collapsed under.

Quick Recap

  • Harvick dominated by leading 286 of the first 320 laps until a loose wheel caused him to pit.
  • Aric Almirola took the lead for 45 laps until a late race restart after teammate Clint Bowyer hit the wall. On the restart, Almirola bounced off the wall and collected Keselowski, Bowman, and Truex Jr.
  • Chase Elliott inherited the lead and won after a quick duel with Hamlin.

Honestly, that’s all that happened in the race it was the definition of a snoozer. We’re talking Kentucky levels of boredom at times.

Long Recap

With 80 laps to go in Sunday’s playoff race at Dover NASCAR desperately got the break they needed. After leading 286 laps Kevin Harvick pitted for a loose wheel and the entire race turned. 20 laps later the caution came out forcing Harvick to take the free pass and restart at the back of the lead lap cars. With only 50 laps to go the chances of him driving through the field were slim to none.

If you slept through the first 350 laps of the race you missed nothing outside of Jimmie Johnson having suspension failure on the pace laps. Outside of that it was 350 laps of utter boredom and Rick Allen incessantly yammering.

As Harvick stumbled his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola took over the lead. SHR dominated on Sunday running 1-2-3-4 at times like a victory for the blue oval looked all but certain.

That was until the final restart when Almirola’s SHR teammate Clint Bowyer appeared to have a trackbar failure and his car became uncontrollable. Bowyer pitted after hitting the wall but returned to the track only to have something on the front end fail. That failure sent Bowyer plowing into the wall and the caution to come out.

Before Bowyer’s caution, Almirola saw his lead shrink as teammate Kurt Busch closed. As the leaders pitted a handful of drivers stayed out for what would be a six-lap shootout.

On the ensuing restart, Almirola attempted to make up as many spots as possible as quickly as possible like he was Kyle Busch. Almirola bounced off the wall exiting turn 2 and hooked the #2 car. Martin Truex Jr and Alex Bowman were collected in the wreck as well. In typical Aric Almirola fashion, he lost a race in a devastating way, again.

Chase Elliott inherited the lead and held off Denny Hamlin on the final restart. NBC made sure to remind everyone the two had history last year but it didn’t matter. Chase Elliott lived up to his driver hashtag of #Di9 and dug his way to the win.

It’s Elliott’s second win of the season and transfers him into the next round of the playoff. Hamlin finished second and even congratulated Elliott which surely will win him some fans back.

Results

1 9 9    Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 404 running 11 48 5
2 15 11    Denny Hamlin FedEx Express   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 404 running 0 38 0
3 6 22    Joey Logano Shell / Pennzoil   (Roger Penske) Ford 404 running 6 50 0
4 16 20    Erik Jones Craftsman   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 404 running 0 33 0
5 7 41    Kurt Busch Monster Energy / Haas Automation   (Stewart Haas Racing) Ford 404 running 0 40 0
6 2 4    Kevin Harvick Busch Outdoors   (Stewart Haas Racing) Ford 404 running 286 51 2
7 14 3    Austin Dillon AAA   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 404 running 0 30 0
8 1 18    Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 404 running 21 41 0
9 21 17    Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Fastenal   (Jack Roush) Ford 404 running 7 28 0
10 19 19    Daniel Suarez Arris   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 404 running 0 27 0
11 8 12    Ryan Blaney PPG   (Roger Penske) Ford 404 running 0 30 0
12 10 42    Kyle Larson Credit One Bank   (Chip Ganassi) Chevrolet 404 running 0 25 0
13 11 10    Aric Almirola Smithfield   (Stewart Haas Racing) Ford 404 running 64 32 0
14 4 2    Brad Keselowski Wurth   (Roger Penske) Ford 404 running 8 29 0
15 3 78    Martin Truex, Jr. 5-hour Energy / Bass Pro Shops   (Barney Visser) Toyota 404 running 0 31 0
16 18 21    Paul Menard Menards / Tarkett   (Wood Brothers) Ford 403 running 0 21 0
17 17 31    Ryan Newman Waste Masters Solutions / 22 in 22   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 403 running 0 20 0
18 20 1    Jamie McMurray Gear Wrench   (Chip Ganassi) Chevrolet 402 running 0 19 0
19 22 24    William Byron Hendrick Autoguard   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 402 running 0 18 0
20 28 6    Matt Kenseth Wyndham Rewards   (Jack Roush) Ford 402 running 0 17 0
21 25 95    Regan Smith Dumont Jets   (Leavine Family Racing) Chevrolet 401 running 0 16 0
22 24 47    A.J. Allmendinger Kroger ClickList   (JTG-Daugherty Racing) Chevrolet 400 running 0 15 0
23 29 43    Bubba Wallace World Wide Technology   (Richard Petty Motorsports) Chevrolet 399 running 0 14 0
24 26 38    David Ragan MDS Transport   (Bob Jenkins) Ford 399 running 0 13 0
25 23 37    Chris Buescher Scott Products   (JTG-Daugherty Racing) Chevrolet 399 running 0 12 0
26 27 34    Michael McDowell Love’s Travel Stops   (Bob Jenkins) Ford 399 running 0 11 0
27 31 32    Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am / Wholey   (Archie St. Hilaire) Ford 397 running 0 10 0
28 12 88    Alex Bowman Axalta   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 396 crash 0 9 0
29 30 13    Ty Dillon GEICO   (Germain Racing) Chevrolet 396 running 0 8 0
30 33 72    Corey LaJoie Factor One Source   (Bryan Smith) Chevrolet 394 running 0 7 0
31 37 96    Jeffrey Earnhardt Xtreme Concepts / iK9   (Gaunt Brothers) Toyota 394 running 0 6 0
32 35 23    J.J. Yeley   (Bob Jenkins) Toyota 392 running 0 0 0
33 34 00    Landon Cassill StarCom Fiber   (StarCom Racing) Chevrolet 390 running 0 0 0
34 36 51    B.J. McLeod Jacob Companies   (Rick Ware) Ford 389 running 0 0 0
35 5 14    Clint Bowyer Haas VF1 / Rush Truck Centers   (Stewart Haas Racing) Ford 388 crash 1 18 0
36 13 48    Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s for Pros   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 387 running 0 1 0
37 32 15    Ross Chastain Use Your Melon Drive Sober   (Jay Robinson) Chevrolet 314 rear gear 0 0 0
38 39 52    Harrison Rhodes The Medicine Shoppe   (Rick Ware) Chevrolet 308 brakes 0 1 0
39 38 66    Timmy Hill Ternio   (Carl Long) Toyota 35 transmission 0 0 0

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