It finally happened, Chase Elliott a victor in NASCAR’s Premier Series

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But we're not the ones doing the pinning.

Elliott said after the race that his auto had started to wheel hop entering turn 1 on the final lap.

"Weather was an important part, but all in all, the attendance was a little bit softer than expected", Saunders said early in July.

"That's the goal. We want to win another race".

Elliott already had a brand before Sunday. GMS has been using several drivers in its No. 23 vehicle since Spencer Gallagher's suspension in May for failing a NASCAR drug test. Gallagher was reinstated last month, but the team has been using a variety of drivers, including Elliott's son, Chase Elliott, in the auto. And had established himself as an Xfinity Series champion in 2014. The only Xfinity race I ever won was right here on a road course, and lo and behold, he wins his first on a road course. Take a look at this tweet by NASCAR Vice President Steve O'Donnell that included a picture of Chase as a child with Bill.


Chase Elliott will start third in the No. 9 Chevy, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson.

Spectators watch as drivers come around Turn 1 during a restart after a caution during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The Elliotts join families like the Pettys, Earnhardts, Allisons, Jarretts and more.

The win means Elliott is locked into NASCAR's playoffs. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson wound up using his vehicle to push Elliott to his first victory celebration.

Sunday will be a marathon for NASCAR and the teams because inspection this week was moved to prior to the race.

The storyline of declining television ratings and sponsorship searches will trudge on as the season continues. Elliott's win is a nice moment and is much more than that for himself and Hendrick Motorsports.


"I truly believe that to be fast at the racetrack, you need to have a fast auto out of the hauler, " Suarez said.

Bill Elliott finished second eight times before he won.

"He's excited about it", Chase Elliott said. "Chase (Elliott) has ran a handful of races for the team so I figured I would give it a shot at Road America".

Logano's race ended within the first few laps on Sunday. He beat AJ Allmendinger by 3.3 seconds. When his team took his auto to the garage his race was over because the damage was from contact. I leaned on him a lot over this past off season and I always lean on him, but certainly a lot throughout this off season just about the opportunities I've had in the past and not closing them out. "He lifted and there was nothing he was supposed to do". If I hadn't have slipped there I would have been able to take advantage for sure - got by him.

Logano finished 37th. It's the first time he's finished last since the 2009 Daytona 500.


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