TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Chase Elliott was excited to be in Talladega- a place where his father celebrated victory two decades ago-he was embraced by his fans, and he felt at home. On Sunday, Elliott gave Chevrolet its first victory when he won the Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. He won for the first time since October and went to the victory lane about 150 miles from his hometown in Georgia.
During the 1980s his father Bill Elliott won twice at Talladega. Elliott said that he felt at home after the race and he was excited by the way people fired up, and to him, it was an incredible experience. He said he was contented at that place and he couldn’t ask for more.
His father was back in Georgia driving in a vintage cars race, and he won too.
Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman finished second, followed by rookie Ryan Preece, Joey Logano, and another rookie, Daniel Hermic.
This season Elliot locked up a playoff spot, and he was the sixth driver to win through 10 cup races. He credited a meeting with all Chevy drivers for the late race teamwork.
As the race was about to end, David Ragan hit William Byron, who tagged Kyle Larson and sent him sliding six times before coming to a stop. Larson said that that was the most extended flip he had ever had and it was horrifying at least he was grateful he was not hurt.
Elliott’s victory ended a seven-race winning streak for Ford. Penske Racing had won six of the last nine. His chief crew-Gustafson said that they needed to win that race to break the streak that one of their rivals had.
Bowman was not able to try any last gasp attempts to pass his Hendrick Motorsports teammate as a result of the caution. He said that he had high hopes of getting to Elliott’s quarter panel in the tri-oval and even though it didn’t work it was amusing giving an attempt.
The first wreck never took long at Talladega Superspeedway, and the first one caught up Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvic. Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace tangled on Lap 10 to touch off the crash that also caught up Denny Hamlin-Dayton 500 winner.
Michael McDowell and Wallace cars were destroyed after Wallace slid back across the track. McDowell, Wallace, and Harvic were knocked out of the race while Hamlin joined them later.
Martin Truex, Jr., Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto were caught up in wrecks, and Kyle Busch was the only top ten at No.9.
Jimmie Johnson the seven-time series champion ran over a piece of debris punctured a tire and hit the wall at the beginning of the race. He extended his career-long winless streak to 69 races after he fell several laps behind the leaders.
Next Sunday, the Cup Series will move to Delaware for the Dover400and Elliott will be the defending race winner.