Chase Elliott wins in overtime at Dover

Monday 8th October, 2018 - 12:29pm

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Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott has taken a second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race win after beating Denny Hamlin at the Dover International Speedway Playoff race.

When most of the front running cars pitted on Lap 394 under Caution, the #9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet opted to stay out, taking the restart in the lead.

Elliott held on around the outside of Hamlin (#11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), before a wreck on the back straight triggered another Caution period and ultimately a brief stoppage.

Aric Almirola (#10 Stewart Haas Racing Ford) made contact with the wall on the exit of Turn 2, hitting into the side of Brad Keselowski (#2 Team Penske Ford) who was on his left, before the pair slid down the race track and collected fellow Playoff drivers Martin Truex Jnr (#78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota) and Alex Bowman (#88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet).

The crash pushed the race into overtime, as Elliott led the field back to the green-white-chequered finish on Lap 403.

Elliott had the edge over Hamlin as they swept through the first two corners, despite having older tyres, getting clear of the #11 on the back stretch and holding on to the win in the remaining lap and a half.

Joey Logano (#22 Team Penske Ford) crossed the line third ahead of Erik Jones (#20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) and Kurt Busch (#41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford).

Kevin Harvick (#4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), winner of the first two stages, finished sixth after having to make an unexpected extra pit stop from the lead in the final 100 laps as a result of a valve stem problem on the left-rear tyre.

Austin Dillon (#3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) was seventh, followed by Kyle Busch (#18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) who was penalised for speeding on pit road, Ricky Stenhouse Jnr (#17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford) and Daniel Suarez (#19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota).

Clint Bowyer (#14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) was running in the top five in the closing stages, but was forced to pit on Lap 283 with a loose wheel, returning to the race track in 20th.

He then brought out the Caution on Lap 392 when he fired into the Turn 3 outside wall, which proved a critical moment in the race.

Almirola was leading after snatching it from Keselowski on Lap 349 and looked on course to take the win was one of a number of front-runners to pit under the yellows.

Elliott elected to stay out, moving to the front row from third.

The win guarantees him a spot in the Round of 8.

Harvick holds a five point lead in the Playoff standings, with Elliott now fifth 45 points further back.

Almirola, Bowyer, 12th place-finishing Kyle Larson (#42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), and Bowman all sit in the danger zone and are at risk of not advancing to the Round of 8.

Talladega Superspeedway hosts the second race of three in the Round of 12 on the weekend of October 13-14 (local time).

Results: Gander Outdoors 400, Dover International Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 404 11 Running
2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 404 0 Running
3 22 Joey Logano Ford 404 6 Running
4 20 Erik Jones Toyota 404 0 Running
5 41 Kurt Busch Ford 404 0 Running
6 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 404 286 Running
7 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 404 0 Running
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 404 21 Running
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 404 7 Running
10 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 404 0 Running
11 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 404 0 Running
12 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 404 0 Running
13 10 Aric Almirola Ford 404 64 Running
14 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 404 8 Running
15 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 404 0 Running
16 21 Paul Menard Ford 403 0 Running
17 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 403 0 Running
18 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 402 0 Running
19 24 William Byron Chevrolet 402 0 Running
20 6 Matt Kenseth Ford 402 0 Running
21 95 Regan Smith Chevrolet 401 0 Running
22 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 400 0 Running
23 43 Bubba Wallace Chevrolet 399 0 Running
24 38 David Ragan Ford 399 0 Running
25 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 399 0 Running
26 34 Michael McDowell Ford 399 0 Running
27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 397 0 Running
28 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 396 0 Crash
29 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 396 0 Running
30 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 394 0 Running
31 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Toyota 394 0 Running
32 23 JJ Yeley Toyota 392 0 Running
33 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 390 0 Running
34 51 BJ McLeod Ford 389 0 Running
35 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 388 1 Crash
36 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 387 0 Running
37 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 314 0 Rear gear
38 52 Harrison Rhodes Chevrolet 308 0 Brakes
39 66 Timmy Hill Toyota 35 0 Transmission

Playoff standings

Pos Driver Pts Cutoff (+/-) Playoff race wins Playoff stage wins
1 Chase Elliott 3056 Clinch 1 0
2 Kevin Harvick 3101 +68 0 2
3 Kyle Busch 3096 +63 1 0
4 Martin Truex Jnr 3069 +36 0 3
5 Joey Logano 3064 +31 0 0
6 Kurt Busch 3054 +21 0 0
7 Brad Keselowski 3054 +21 1 1
8 Ryan Blaney 3043 +10 1 1
9 Aric Almirola 3033 -10 0 0
10 Clint Bowyer 3033 -10 0 0
11 Kyle Larson 3031 -12 0 1
12 Alex Bowman 3009 -34 0 0
13 Austin Dillon 2101 Out 0 0
14 Jimmie Johnson 2098 Out 0 0
15 Denny Hamlin 2094 Out 0 0
16 Erik Jones 2079 Out 0 0

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