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Elliott Keeps Winning Things In Daytona

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, February 21 2016
Chase Elliott drove to Victory Lane Saturday in the XFINITY Series race in Daytona. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

Chase Elliott drove to Victory Lane Saturday in the XFINITY Series race in Daytona. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

Chase Elliott continued his Speedweeks’ run for glory Saturday by winning the Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Elliott, who won the pole for Sunday’s Daytona 500 last Sunday, held off Joey Logano to get the victory on Saturday.

Elliott, the 20-year-old son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, led much of the final stages of the race. He led the final 13 laps after the last restart of the race.

Driving the No. 88 Chevrolet of JR Motorsports, Elliott put blocks on Logano over the final lap and the two contacted each other’s bumpers but Elliott went on to win by .0043 seconds.

“He blocked it, I got there a little bit late,” Logano acknowledged. “And then I got hooked on his right rear, and that’s what killed my momentum… That contact just stopped my car.”

Logano was runner-up for the third time during Speedweeks, having run second to Denny Hamlin in last Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited and second to JR Motorsports co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Thursday’s first Can-Am Duel.

“Dang it. I’m sick of finishing second,” Logano said. “Too many seconds. … I mean, second’s not bad, but kind of (stinks) at the same time. It’s three races. I’ve been so close to winning one of them. Want to get out there and make it happen.”

Kasey Kahne finished third and XFINITY regular Elliott Sadler fourth in the season opener, as JR Motorsports grabbed three of the top four positions. Austin Dillon ran fifth, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr. and rookie Brandon Jones.

“That was a heck of a battle, man,” said Elliott, who survived early contact during a six-car incident on Lap 13 and rallied to win his first XFINITY race at Daytona and the fifth of his career. “I had such a great car, and we just found ourselves in the right place at the right time.

“Luckily we just barely had enough to get in front of Joey there.”

Elliott’s drive left his team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., impressed.

“Chase obviously did what he had to do there at the end of the race,” Earnhardt said. “I thought that was very gutsy to be able to really put such an aggressive block on the 22… He did what he had to do to keep the guy behind him, and it won him the race.

“I’m proud of Chase. It’s such a cool thing to be a part of his career. He’s going to do some amazing stuff in his career, and it’s awesome to be a little part of it.”

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – PowerShares QQQ 300

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Saturday, February 20, 2016

  1. (19) Chase Elliott(i), Chevrolet, 120
  2. (8) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 120
  3. (15) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 120
  4. (10) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 120
  5. (4) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 120
  6. (12) Darrell Wallace Jr, Ford, 120
  7. (7) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 120
  8. (2) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 120
  9. (9) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 120
  10. (6) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 120
  11. (24) Aric Almirola(i), Ford, 120
  12. (16) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 120
  13. (1) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 120
  14. (18) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 120
  15. (37) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 119
  16. (11) Ryan Reed, Ford, 119
  17. (14) John Wes Townley(i), Chevrolet, 119
  18. (23) David Starr, Toyota, 119
  19. (28) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 119
  20. (25) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 119
  21. (20) Matt Tifft(i), Toyota, 119
  22. (36) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 118
  23. (3) Bobby Labonte(i), Toyota, 118
  24. (38) BJ McLeod #, Ford, 118
  25. (21) Jeb Burton, Ford, 118
  26. (29) Anthony Kumpen, Chevrolet, 118
  27. (13) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 117
  28. (35) Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, 117
  29. (30) Scott Lagasse Jr, Chevrolet, 117
  30. (33) Eric McClure, Chevrolet, 117
  31. (5) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 115
  32. (39) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 114
  33. (32) Ray Black Jr #, Chevrolet, 114
  34. (17) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 111
  35. (22) Benny Gordon, Toyota, Transmission, 103
  36. (26) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 59
  37. (40) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Transmission, 50
  38. (34) Martin Roy, Chevrolet, Accident, 22
  39. (27) Bobby Gerhart, Chevrolet, Accident, 6
  40. (31) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, Accident, 5

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  151.176 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 59 Mins, 04 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.043 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  4 for 17 laps.

Lead Changes:  19 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   T. Dillon 0; A. Dillon(i) 1-2; J. Logano(i) 3-14; C. Elliott(i) 15-18; B. Gaughan 19; A. Dillon(i) 20-21; B. Gaughan 22-26; K. Kahne(i) 27; A. Dillon(i) 28; T. Dillon 29-30; K. Kahne(i) 31-56; J. Nemechek(i) 57-58; A. Almirola(i) 59-67; B. Gaughan 68-70; K. Kahne(i) 71-73; J. Logano(i) 74-95; C. Elliott(i) 96; E. Sadler 97-100; J. Logano(i) 101-106; C. Elliott(i) 107-120.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Logano(i) 3 times for 40 laps; K. Kahne(i) 3 times for 30 laps; C. Elliott(i) 3 times for 19 laps; A. Almirola(i) 1 time for 9 laps; B. Gaughan 3 times for 9 laps; A. Dillon(i) 3 times for 5 laps; E. Sadler 1 time for 4 laps; T. Dillon 1 time for 2 laps; J. Nemechek(i) 1 time for 2 laps.

Top 10 in Points: E. Sadler – 38; D. Wallace Jr – 35; B. Jones # – 34; D. Suarez – 33; B. Koch – 32; B. Gaughan – 32; J. Allgaier – 29; T. Dillon – 29; D. Armstrong – 27; J. Clements – 26.

 

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, February 21 2016
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