Chase Elliott, JR Motorsports Continue Impressive Season with Chicagoland Victory

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In another outstanding performance, 18-year old Chase Elliott made it to victory lane for the third time this season. The No. 9 team stole the show throughout the night as they proved early on they were the ones to beat at Chicagoland Speedway.

Brian Scott began the race on the pole. He held the position through the first yellow-flag of the race for Sam Hornish Jr.’s expired engine. However, he would not be able to hold off Elliott for long. The rocket-ship Elliott had first appeared out front on Lap 21.

The mid-portion of the race was the only time in which Elliott did not lead. Ryan Blaney was able to get around him on the second restart. Blaney would then surrender the top spot to Kyle Larson on Lap 107.

The No. 42 car remained out front until the third caution for debris. Blaney battled Larson on the ensuing restart, but Larson regained the lead.

Contact with the wall slowed Larson down as Elliott was able to maneuver around him and take the top spot once again. Larson returned to the front on Lap 161.

Following the final round of green-flag pit stops, it was Elliott emerging as the leader. From that point on, it was his race to lose. Despite Trevor Bayne chasing him down on fresher tires, he kept the top spot and went on to secure the victory.

One common trait among Elliott’s three wins is that prior to race weekend, he had never raced on the tracks before. Just like he entered Texas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway, he came into Chicagoland with no prior experience and was able to leave victorious.

What’s his secret? Practice. “I try to make the most of the practice laps” he said during a victory lane interview.

The race within the race was for the $100,000 “Dash 4 Cash” incentive offered by Nationwide Insurance for the top three finishing series regulars from New Hampshire along with last week’s D4C winner Regan Smith. Brian Scott took home the prize as he proved to have the strongest car among those vying for the cash.

By winning, Scott qualified himself for a chance at an additional $100,000 next weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He will have to beat a completely different set of series regulars though as Elliott, Bayne and Ty Dillon will be eligible.

Catch the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ third annual event at the Brickyard next Saturday afternoon on ESPN.

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER LAPS MONEY START LED PTS BONUS PENALTY
1 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 200 3 85 48 5 0
2 Trevor Bayne Ford 200 11 14 43 1 0
3 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 200 12 23 0 0 0
4 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 200 5 3 0 0 0
5 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 200 2 0 39 0 0
6 Brian Scott Chevrolet 200 1 20 39 1 0
7 Erik Jones Toyota 200 4 2 0 0 0
8 Chris Buescher Ford 200 13 1 37 1 0
9 Ryan Blaney Ford 200 8 47 0 0 0
10 Elliott Sadler Toyota 200 7 1 35 1 0
11 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 200 9 0 33 0 0
12 Cale Conley Chevrolet 199 10 0 0 0 0
13 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 199 21 0 31 0 0
14 J.J. Yeley Dodge 199 18 0 30 0 0
15 Ryan Reed Ford 198 14 0 29 0 0
16 Regan Smith Chevrolet 198 15 0 28 0 0
17 Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet 198 19 0 27 0 0
18 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 198 17 0 26 0 0
19 Mike Bliss Toyota 198 22 0 25 0 0
20 Dakoda Armstrong Ford 197 26 1 25 1 0
21 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 197 24 0 23 0 0
22 David Starr Toyota 197 27 0 22 0 0
23 James Buescher Toyota 196 16 3 22 1 0
24 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 196 29 0 20 0 0
25 Eric McClure Toyota 196 25 0 19 0 0
26 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 193 34 0 18 0 0
27 John Wes Townley 25 Toyota 193 23 0 0 0 0
28 Chad Boat Chevrolet 192 20 0 16 0 0
29 Tanner Berryhill Dodge 192 30 0 15 0 0
30 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 190 35 0 14 0 0
31 Joey Gase Chevrolet 188 31 0 13 0 0
32 Richard Harriman Chevrolet 112 38 0 12 0 0
33 Josh Reaume Chevrolet 107 37 0 11 0 0
34 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet 50 28 0 10 0 0
35 Carl Long 72 Chevrolet 15 36 0 9 0 0
36 Sam Hornish Jr. Toyota 7 6 0 8 0 0
37 Ryan Ellis Chevrolet 6 40 0 7 0 0
38 Mike Harmon Dodge 6 39 0 6 0 0
39 Blake Koch Toyota 4 33 0 5 0 0
40 Kevin Lepage Dodge 3 32 0 4 0 0
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