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Chase Elliott Ends 39-Race Winless Streak In Richmond With Virginia529 College Savings 250 Victory

Chase Elliott Ends 39-Race Winless Streak In Richmond With Virginia529 College Savings 250 Victory

by September 11, 2015 0 comments

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RICHMOND, Va. – Chase Elliott claimed his first win of the 2015 season on Friday night during the Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

With the win, Elliott ended a 39-race winless streak and earned Chevrolet’s 400th victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The last time he celebrated in Victory Lane dates back to Chicagoland Speedway in July of last year.

“We have had a couple of chances (to win) and things just didn’t go our way,” said Elliott in Victory Lane. “These guys right here won the race tonight – phenomenal pit stops. I can’t thank NAPA Auto Parts enough; plus, Hendrick engines and Chevrolet. This is Chevrolet’s 400th XFINITY win, so this is amazing.”

On Friday night at Richmond International Raceway, Elliott led 83 laps, most of any driver throughout the night. Heading into the weekend, it appeared that Chris Buescher was running away in the championship point standings, but now Elliott has surpassed Ty Dillon, moved into second and is just 21 points back.

“You can look at the big picture and look at stuff from the outside, you know like the championship aspect or a whole season view,” Elliott said. “But you’ve got to take it a week at a time, and you’ve got to start somewhere, and to me, the most important thing in racing is winning races. I think it starts simple. You’ve got to take it a week at a time. Try to give yourself an opportunity to win, and that’s what we want most.”

In the closing laps, the race came down between Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch. As the two navigated through lapped traffic, Busch was able to get within a few car lengths of Elliott, but he wasn’t able to make the pass. Busch started from the pole and led 78 laps, but in the end, he had to settle for a second place finish.

“If he (Chase Elliott) got bottled up one more corner I think I probably could have got to him but he was just better than us,” Busch said. “Even if I could’ve passed him I think he probably could’ve got back to me and probably passed me back. We just didn’t quite have enough time.”

Brian Scott and Erik Jones rounded out the top-five. Finishing six was Regan Smith, followed by Josh Berry. Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon finished eighth and ninth. Point leader, Chris Buescher rounded out the top-10.

“I am glad we are done with Richmond for this year,” Buescher said. “This place has been really tough for us. We got out of this one and have some good tracks coming up for us. The AdvoCare Mustang – that was a big improvement for us from where we were earlier this year. I am proud of the guys. They worked hard. That is what we needed to do, get a top-10 run. We kept up pretty good with the points and we will go on to the next one.”

Up next for the NASCAR XFINITY Series is the Furious 7 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. The race will broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 19.

Virginia529 College Savings 250 Results:

1.) #9 Chase Elliott

2.) #54 Kyle Busch

3.) #2 Brian Scott

4.) #22 Joey Logano

5.) #20 Erik Jones

6.) #7 Regan Smith

7.) #88 Josh Berry

8.) #3 Ty Dillon

9.) #33 Austin Dillon

10.) #60 Chris Buescher

11.) #42 Brennan Poole

12.) #18 Daniel Suarez

13.) #16 Ryan Reed

14.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr.

15.) #4 Ross Chastain

16.) #62 Brendan Gaughan

17.) #39 Ryan Sieg

18.) #01 Landon Cassill

19.) #8 Blake Koch

20.) #28 JJ Yeley

21.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong

22.) #14 Cale Conley

23.) #0 Harrison Rhodes

24.) #1 Elliott Sadler

25.) #97 Dylan Kwasniewski

26.) #24 Eric McClure

27.) #52 Joey Gase

28.) #13 Josh Reaume

29.) #74 Mike Harmon

30.) #25 John Wes Townley

31.) #98 Ryan Truex

32.) #26 Hermie Sadler

33.) #70 Matt Waltz

34.) #51 Jeremy Clements

35.) #15 Ryan Ellis

36.) #40 Carl Long

37.) #44 David Starr

38.) #66 Benny Gordon

39.) #90 Jimmy Weller

40.) #19 Jeff Green

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #60 Chris Buescher

2.) #9 Chase Elliott -21

3.) #3 Ty Dillon -27

4.) #7 Regan Smith -49

5.) #1 Elliott Sadler -105

6.) #2 Brian Scott -111

7.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. -112

8.) #18 Daniel Suarez -117

9.) #62 Brendan Gaughan -144

10.) #16 Ryan Reed -225

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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