Hampton, Georgia (AP) —Chase Elliott was terribly hoping for this victory as the home spectators were rooting for every move.
He saw Corey Lajoy immediately stand up in the rear-view mirror.
Elliott did not forgive him.
The Georgia-born driver overtook Rajowa, who was upset in less than two laps, and after a big block, crossed the finish line under yellow. LaJoie sent smashing On Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on the wall.
It was Elliott’s First NASCAR Cup Victory After running out of the first eight attempts, he considers it his home track.
“I witnessed the boys win the home track, which could be of great significance to them,” Elliott said. you. Having this moment is very special and I am grateful. “
Elliott turned back in front of the main stand and was greeted by a loud applause from the fans. Fans cheered loudly every time they came forward, apparently extending to the northern Georgia town of Dawsonville. Bill Elliott of NASCAR CupStar.
“Awesome Bill From Dawsonville” won five historic Atlanta tracks.
Now his child has it too.
Elliott is a Georgia-born driver and the only driver to win a cup race in Atlanta. They are the third father and son duo to win the checkered flag in the 1.54 mile trio bar, joining Jarrett (Ned and Dale) and Earnhardt (Dale and Dale Jr.).
Wild capper Another turbulent Atlanta race Rajowa denied the first victory of his career. It was a big shock to the low budget Spire Motorsport team.
It will restart with 3 laps remaining. Rajowa led the field from the inner lane and did everything he could to stop Elliott. But after they crossed the finish line in the penultimate time, Elliott soared to the outer lead with a beneficial push from Eric Jones.
Rajowa was showing a good run to the leader with a white flag in an attempt to overtake Elliott in the same place where Elliott gave up the lead.
Elliott slid the bank up to cut off his challenger. Having only one of the top five finishes in his career, Rajowa ran out of room and broke the exterior walls.
Ross Chastain tried to move Elliott, but the yellow light flashed and No. 9 was still near the length of the car.
That was it. Elliott finally relaxed and became the first three winners of the season, which produced 13 different winners.
Chastain came in second, followed by Austin Sindrick, Jones and Ryan Blaney.
Rajowa settled in 21st place.
“Obviously, I knew he was going to be a big hit. I tried to give him one good, offensive block,” Elliott said. “I don’t know what else to do. Do you go to win or not? Choose option A every time.”
Rajowa, who finished fifth in this year’s Atlanta Spring Race, has almost achieved the most unlikely victory of the wild season. He wasn’t dissatisfied with Elliott’s offensive move.
“It was fun,” Rajowa said. “It’s good to put that out once. I worked. It didn’t work.”
Even Rick Hendrick, who owns Elliott’s car, sympathized with Rajowa’s tough finish.
“If we couldn’t win, I wanted them to win,” Hendrick said. “He drove the fuss of the race. He looked better than anyone else in the field.”
Martin Truex Jr. was leading a tight puck at the front when Chastain caused his second wreck of the day on lap 14.
Two-time winner of the season, Chastain has created many enemies with overly aggressive driving. He tapped the left rear quarter panel of Denny Hamlin’s car. This spun No. 11 and ruined expectations for victory.
Truex led the restart with eight laps remaining, and Rajowa came forward with a backstretch, but the yellow flag came out again when Hamlin hit for the second time. This time, Christopher Bell put it between Hamlin and Joey Logano and tried to spin all three cars.
Hamlin finished in 25th place.
The big wreck on lap 91 was caused by Chastain bumping Truex from behind on turn one.
The Truex car started spinning, and seven other drivers gathered in close quarters to record the biggest hit when Austin Dillon hit the outer wall almost head-on.
Dillon was fine, but his third Chevrolet was done for the day. Another tough blow for the driver, who is increasingly desperate for his first win of the season to bet claims on the playoff spots.
Dillon accused Chastain of being too aggressive. This is a well-known complaint against the driver of the No. 1 machine.
“We are just victims of the Rothschilds again,” Dillon said after leaving the Infield Care Center. “You want to race hard all day long, but guys like him are destroying half of the field.”
Chastain remained in the race and was there in the end, even if all the front ends of his car were taped.
Odds and end
There were 26 lead changes among the 12 drivers. … Elliott led the best 96 laps of the race. … Justin Haley finished second and seventh in the season. His only other top 10 was the 3rd place show in Darlington.
Cup drivers will head to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway next Sunday. Retreating from a full-time race at the end of the season, Arick Almirora defends the champion with a 1.058 mile Loudon Oval.
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