Chase Elliott Wins on the Roval to Advance to the Next Round

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CONCORD, NC – RIS – Chase Elliott Seems to have a knack for road racing.  Elliott won the NASCAR Cup Bank of America 400 race for the second straight year and won convincingly.  In other news, defending Cup champion Kyle Busch no longer can defend his championship.  He did not make it into the final eight vying for the crown this year.

Just had another fast Camaro,” Elliott told NBC Sports pit reporter Dave Burns. “Road courses have been fortunate to us the last few trips, but we’ve just tried to get a little better every time and tweak on the small things.

“Just really proud of the effort and appreciate everybody at Hendrick and Chevrolet. It’s always special to win here at Charlotte with the shop across the street. Best way to get in the next round is to win. Hopefully we can do something with it.”

Busch's disappointing season appatrntly took a toll on him.  He didn't dismiss personnel changes for next year.

"There have certainly been times I've thought there was something wrong with me,'' Busch said. "I don't know what to think, but certainly it would be nice to get a win. That would be a consolation for this year.''

Elliott had the best car at the Roval once again. A restart with 10 laps to go was no problem as he drove away from everyone else and beat Joey Logano by almost three seconds. Erik Jones was third, Kurt Busch was fourth and Ryan Blaney finished fifth. Kyle Busch was running in the top 10 late in the race but had to pit for fuel with two laps to go.

Austin Dillon won the first stage and Elliott the second.  Elliott tied with William Byron for the most laps led with 27.

The win is the third of 2020 for Elliott. He won at the Charlotte oval in May and then at the Daytona road course in August. He’ will start the third round of the playoffs in fourth.

Elliott is also the defending winner at Kansas Speedway. That is where the third round of the playoffs begins before heading to Texas and Martinsville ahead of the winner-take-all finale among four drivers at Phoenix on Nov. 8. He is also the first driver to win four road course races in a row since Jeff Gordon won six in a row from 1997-2000.

Sunday’s race was the first NASCAR Cup Series points race run with rain tires. The race started with a wet track thanks to rain in the Charlotte area all morning and early afternoon. Things dried out as the race went on and teams switched to slick tires for dry conditions when the track started to get dry spots.

It did not stay completely dry, however. There were spots that were perpetually wet in the infield section and caused trouble for numerous drivers.

Austin Dillon in a Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, and Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola in Fords also were eliminated. Bowyer this week said he is retiring at the end of the season and will move to the television booth.

Elliott advanced along with Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch, who won the first two races of the second round, along with Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Alex Bowman.

Unofficial Finish: 61st Annual Bank of America 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway 2.32 mile road course

Fin, St, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Tms, Laps, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 2, Chase Elliott (P), No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 109, , 2, 3, 27, 5, 49, Running
2) 8, Joey Logano (P), No. 22 Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford, 109, 8, 5, , , , 44, Running
3) 14, Erik Jones, No. 20 Craftsman ACE/CMN Toyota, 109, 10, , 1, 1, , 35, Running
4) 10, Kurt Busch (P), No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, 109, , , , , , 33, Running
5) 24, Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford, 109, 7, 1, 2, 14, 1, 46, Running
6) 13, William Byron, No. 24 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet, 109, 4, 7, 2, 27, , 42, Running
7) 7, Martin Truex Jr. (P), No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 109, , 4, , , , 37, Running
8) 5, Alex Bowman (P), No. 88 Valvoline Chevrolet, 109, , 6, 1, 2, , 34, Running
9) 28, Cole Custer #, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 109, , , , , , 28, Running
10) 11, Clint Bowyer (P), No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford, 109, , , 2, 9, , 27, Running
11) 4, Kevin Harvick (P), No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford, 109, , , , , , 26, Running
12) 16, Tyler Reddick #, No. 8 Cheddar's Chevrolet, 109, , 8, , , , 28, Running
13) 30, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 109, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 18, Ryan Preece, No. 37 Maxwell Houses for Heroes Chevrolet, 109, , , 1, 8, , 23, Running
15) 1, Denny Hamlin (P), No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, 109, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 12, Aric Almirola (P), No. 10 Smithfield Ford, 109, , , , , , 21, Running
17) 38, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger Chevrolet, 109, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 3, Brad Keselowski (P), No. 2 Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford, 109, , 10, 1, 7, , 20, Running
19) 6, Austin Dillon (P), No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet, 109, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 21, Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 109, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 26, Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Columbia Omni-Heat Chevrolet, 109, 9, , , , , 18, Running
22) 20, Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 109, 3, , , , , 23, Running
23) 17, Ty Dillon, No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet, 109, 1, , 1, 5, 1, 24, Running
24) 35, Christopher Bell #, No. 95 Rheem Toyota, 109, 2, 3, 2, 6, , 30, Running
25) 34, * Daniel Suarez, No. 96 Coca-Cola Toyota, 109, , , , , , 12, Running
26) 36, Gray Gaulding(i), No. 27 Panini Ford, 109, , , , , , 0, Running
27) 32, Corey LaJoie, No. 32 OneNation Coffee Ford, 109, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 25, Quin Houff #, No. 00 Sim Seats Chevrolet, 109, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 37, James Davison, No. 53 Tilson Chevrolet, 109, , , , , , 8, Running
30) 9, Kyle Busch (P), No. 18 M&M's Toyota, 109, , , 1, 3, , 7, Running
31) 15, Ryan Newman, No. 6 Castrol Ford, 109, 6, , , , , 11, Running
32) 31, Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 109, , 9, , , , 7, Running
33) 29, Josh Bilicki(i), No. 51 Lemons of Love Ford, 108, , , , , , 0, Running
34) 23, Matt Kenseth, No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, 108, , , , , , 3, Running
35) 33, JJ Yeley(i), No. 77 BetterForYourHealth.com Chevrolet, 108, , , , , , 0, Running
36) 19, John Hunter Nemechek #, No. 38 Citgard Ford, 105, , , , , , 1, Running
37) 22, Brennan Poole #, No. 15 Remember Everyone Deployed Chevrolet, 95, , , , , , 1, Suspension
38) 27, * Timmy Hill(i), No. 66 RoofClaim.com Toyota, 57, 5, , , , , 0, Engine
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs qualified

Time of race: 3 hr, 17 min, 11 sec
Race length: 109 laps, 252.88 miles
Average speed: 76.948 mph
Race Record: Ryan Blaney, 09/30/18, 03:01:34, 82.125 mph

Margin of victory: 3.895 sec

Stage 1 Top 10: 13, 95, 21, 24, 66, 6, 12, 22, 43, 20

Stage 2 Top 10: 12, 9, 95, 19, 22, 88, 24, 8, 34, 2

Race comments: Chase Elliott won the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, his ninth victory in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Prior to the start, the following vehicle(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: No. 51 (driver change), No. 20 (unapproved adjustment).

Caution Flags: 9 for 16 laps;
Laps: 12-12 (Competition Caution [None]);
24-24 (No. 38 Stalled In Turn 6 [None]);
27-28 (Stage 1 Conclusion [None]);
47-48 (No. 77 Stalled In Turn 5 [None]);
52-53 (Stage 2 Conclusion [10]);
66-67 (Debris Turn 6 [53]);
71-72 (No. 3, 18 Incident Turn 16 [77]);
87-89 (Debris Turn 4 [3]);
99-99 (No. 15 Stalled Turn 9 [None]).

Lead Changes: 17 among 11 drivers;
D. Hamlin (P) 0;
B. Keselowski (P) 1-7;
C. Elliott (P) 8-12;
C. Bowyer (P) 13-20;
T. Dillon 21-25;
C. Bell # 26-29;
W. Byron 30-39;
R. Blaney 40-51;
C. Bell # 52-53;
W. Byron 54-70;
C. Bowyer (P) 71;
R. Blaney 72-73;
R. Preece 74-81;
A. Bowman (P) 82-83;
C. Elliott (P) 84-87;
K. Busch (P) 88-90;
E. Jones 91;
C. Elliott (P) 92-109.

American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kurt Busch, No. 1
Busch Pole Award: Denny Hamlin, No. 11

Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Cole Custer, No. 41

Unofficial Points Report following the 61st Annual Bank of America ROVAL 400
Pos) Driver, Car, Starts, GL, Points, Ldr, Nxt, Race Wins, Stage Wins, Playoff Pts
 1) Denny Hamlin (P), 11, 32, 0, 3163, 0, 0, 7, 9, 54
 2) Kevin Harvick (P), 4, 32, 0, 3147, -16, 16, 9, 7, 67
 3) Chase Elliott (P), 9, 32, 0, 3146, -17, 1, 3, 8, 27
 4) Martin Truex Jr. (P), 19, 32, 1, 3122, -41, 24, 1, 5, 17
 5) Joey Logano (P), 22, 32, 2, 3118, -45, 4, 2, 6, 22
 6) Brad Keselowski (P), 2, 32, -2, 3114, -49, 4, 4, 7, 35
 7) Alex Bowman (P), 88, 32, -1, 3109, -54, 5, 1, 4, 9
 8) Kurt Busch (P), 1, 32, 2, 3081, -82, 28, 1, 1, 6
 9) Austin Dillon (P), 3, 31, 0, 3071, -92, 10, 1, 0, 5
10) Clint Bowyer (P), 14, 32, 1, 3063, -100, 8, 0, 3, 4
11) Kyle Busch (P), 18, 32, -3, 3060, -103, 3, 0, 2, 4
12) Aric Almirola (P), 10, 32, 0, 3047, -116, 13, 0, 2, 5
13) Ryan Blaney, 12, 32, 0, 2160, -1003, 887, 1, 4, 14
14) William Byron, 24, 32, 0, 2155, -1008, 5, 1, 2, 7
15) Matt DiBenedetto, 21, 32, 0, 2131, -1032, 24, 0, 0, 0
16) Cole Custer #, 41, 32, 0, 2123, -1040, 8, 1, 0, 5
17) Erik Jones, 20, 32, 1, 786, -2377, 1337, 0, 0, 0
18) Jimmie Johnson, 48, 31, -1, 778, -2385, 8, 0, 1, 0
19) Tyler Reddick #, 8, 32, 0, 715, -2448, 63, 0, 1, 0
20) Chris Buescher, 17, 32, 0, 608, -2555, 107, 0, 1, 1
21) Christopher Bell #, 95, 32, 0, 570, -2593, 38, 0, 0, 0
22) Bubba Wallace, 43, 32, 1, 539, -2624, 31, 0, 0, 0
23) Michael McDowell, 34, 32, -1, 536, -2627, 3, 0, 0, 0
24) Ricky Stenhouse Jr) 47, 32, 0, 509, -2654, 27, 0, 1, 0
25) Ryan Newman, 6, 29, 0, 500, -2663, 9, 0, 0, 0
26) Ty Dillon, 13, 32, 2, 493, -2670, 7, 0, 1, 1
27) Matt Kenseth, 42, 28, -1, 484, -2679, 9, 0, 0, 0
28) John Hunter Nemechek #, 38, 32, -1, 477, -2686, 7, 0, 0, 0
29) Ryan Preece, 37, 32, 0, 429, -2734, 48, 0, 0, 0
30) Corey LaJoie, 32, 32, 0, 369, -2794, 60, 0, 0, 0

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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