Chase Elliott Continues Road Course Dominance At The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVALby Hunter Thomas October 11, 2020 0 comments
CONCORD, N.C. – Chase Elliott became only the second NASCAR Cup Series driver to win four consecutive road course races after he took the checkered flag in the Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sunday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL.
Elliott, who started on the front row in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, led the final 18 laps en route to his third victory of the season and the ninth of his career. The 24-year-old has won the last four road course races that the NASCAR Cup Series has visited, dating back to Watkins Glen International in August of 2019. The last driver to reach this feat was Jeff Gordon, who went on to win six consecutive road course races.
“I feel like road courses have been fortunate to us the last few trips, but I feel like we just try to get a little better every time and tweak on the small things,” Elliott said. “I feel like I tweaked on some small things and got a little better than what I was here last year, which was good. And, I’m just really proud of the effort.”
Joey Logano finished runner-up on Sunday. The driver of the Team Penske No. 22 Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford needed a strong finish after finishing outside of the top-10 in the past three races.
“Just a great day,” Logano said. “Executed the race as good as we could, with getting stage points, a few good restarts, really good pit stops kept us in the game, got us to second. I hate to say we’ll take second and be happy with second, but no one was going to beat that 9 car today, I can tell you that much. Geez, he’s smoking around here.”
Erik Jones, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five. William Byron finished sixth, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman, Cole Custer and Clint Bowyer.
There were 17 lead changes among 11 drivers. William Byron and Chase Elliott both led a race high of 27 laps.
The yellow flag flew on nine occasions. The only multicar accident that brought out a caution was when Austin Dillon was clipped by Kyle Busch in Turn 16 on lap 71.
Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 was the final race of the Round of 12. Kyle Busch (30th), Austin Dillon (19th), Ryan Blaney (5th) and William Byron (6th) have been eliminated from the NASCAR Playoffs.
Advancing to the Round of 8 is Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch.
The Round of 8 of the NASCAR Playoffs will get underway at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, October 18. Live coverage of the Hollywood Casino 400 will broadcast on NBC and MRN at 2:30 p.m. ET.
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