Two-in-a-row for Chase Elliott


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Chase Elliott took four tires on the final pit stop. His win propelled him to the points lead heading into Richmond in two weeks.


 

By Tim Smith
TheRacingExperts.com Reporter
April 12, 2014
theracingexperts@aol.com

 


18-year-old rookie
 Chase Elliott captured his second consecutive race win in dramatic fashion Friday night.

Elliott bumped former Sprint Cup Series driver Elliott Sadler down the backstretch on the last lap, coming from sixth to first in the final two laps.

Adding to the drama, Elliott overcame a 15 second final pit stop. But four tires once again prevailed, as he was able to eventually pass Sadler on his gamble of two tires.

“That last restart was crazy,” said Elliott to the media. “I didn’t know what to expect starting sixth and I knew those guys on two tires were going to be a little slow than those on four.”

In the closing laps, Kyle Busch led as Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson, and Chase Elliott battled for 2nd place. Tanner Berryhill’s spin with 7 laps to go brought out the race’s final caution.

Numerous drivers lead laps in the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, including Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, and Mike Wallace.

With the win, Elliott now tops the Nationwide standings entering an off-week with a 13 point lead over Regan Smith and a 20 point lead on Elliott Sadler.