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Chase Wins Battle Of Elliotts In Darlington

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 12 2014

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Chase Elliott muscled his way past Elliott Sadler on the final lap of Friday night’s Nationwide race to score his second straight win in his seventh start in the series.

Elliott, who restarted sixth on Lap 146, charged to the front and claimed victory in the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 in his first event at the fabled 1.366-mile track. The victory was Elliott’s second in as many weeks and the second of his fledgling career.

Sadler, who gambled on two tires for the final restart with two laps left, held the second spot. Matt Kenseth ran third, followed by polesitter Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick.

“I knew the guys on two tires (Sadler and Larson) were going to be a little slower than the guys on four,” Elliott said of the final restart. “Our lane went and Elliott (Sadler) got a little loose off (Turn) 2 and let me get to the outside, and that was where I wanted to be anyway.”

Elliott won last Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, but the victory at Darlington, where his father, Bill Elliott, won five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, had special significance.

“Darlington has always been my favorite place to watch a race,” said Elliott, the youngest driver ever to win at Nationwide Series race at Darlington at 18 years, four months, four days. “Just to be a part of this race is unbelievable.

“To win this thing is a day I’ll never forget.”

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race – VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200

Darlington Raceway

Darlington, South Carolina

Friday, April 11, 2014

1. (2) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 147, $44575.

2. (9) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 147, $33350.

3. (3) Matt Kenseth(i), Toyota, 147, $19700.

4. (1) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 147, $25325.

5. (15) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 147, $15775.

6. (12) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 147, $17825.

7. (4) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 147, $13510.

8. (8) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 147, $20370.

9. (10) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 147, $19075.

10. (5) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 147, $20100.

11. (7) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 147, $18625.

12. (16) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 147, $18550.

13. (18) Ryan Reed #, Ford, 147, $18500.

14. (23) JJ Yeley, Dodge, 147, $18450.

15. (19) Josh Wise(i), Chevrolet, 147, $18800.

16. (20) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 147, $18525.

17. (27) Mike Wallace, Dodge, 147, $18425.

18. (25) Dakoda Armstrong #, Ford, 147, $18175.

19. (31) Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet, 147, $18125.

20. (26) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 147, $18750.

21. (30) Eric McClure, Toyota, 147, $18000.

22. (13) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, Accident, 146, $17945.

23. (17) Dylan Kwasniewski #, Chevrolet, 146, $17895.

24. (36) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, 145, $17820.

25. (22) James Buescher, Toyota, 144, $18250.

26. (32) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 144, $17695.

27. (28) Tanner Berryhill #, Dodge, 144, $17645.

28. (29) Todd Bodine(i), Chevrolet, 143, $17570.

29. (35) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 141, $17535.

30. (34) Tommy Joe Martins, Dodge, 141, $11795.

31. (21) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 137, $17440.

32. (11) Cale Conley(i), Chevrolet, 136, $17395.

33. (39) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 136, $17370.

34. (6) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 119, $17350.

35. (24) David Starr, Toyota, Accident, 67, $17299.

36. (37) Matt Carter, Toyota, Rear Gear, 30, $10520.

37. (14) Ryan Sieg #, Chevrolet, Accident, 16, $16500.

38. (33) Matt Dibenedetto, Chevrolet, Overheating, 7, $10426.

39. (38) Jeff Green, Toyota, Brakes, 6, $10315.

40. (40) Blake Koch, Toyota, Vibration, 2, $10290.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 113.751 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 45 Mins, 55 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.283 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 31 laps.

Lead Changes: 13 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K. Busch(i) 1-19; M. Wallace 20; K. Busch(i) 21-23; K. Harvick(i) 24; K. Busch(i) 25-33; C. Elliott # 34-60; K. Harvick(i) 61-64; C. Elliott # 65-88; K. Larson(i) 89; K. Busch(i) 90-142; E. Sadler 143-144; K. Larson(i) 145; E. Sadler 146; C. Elliott # 147;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Busch(i) 4 times for 84 laps; C. Elliott # 3 times for 52 laps; K. Harvick(i) 2 times for 5 laps; E. Sadler 2 times for 3 laps; K. Larson(i) 2 times for 2 laps; M. Wallace 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: C. Elliott # – 271; R. Smith – 258; E. Sadler – 251; T. Dillon # – 248; T. Bayne – 241; B. Scott – 225; B. Gaughan – 215; D. Kwasniewski # – 200; J. Buescher – 195; R. Reed # – 172.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 12 2014
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