Elliott Brings Home the Checkered Flag at Talladega
Chase Elliott and the Mountain Dew / Little Caesars team began Sunday’s race in 11th at Talladega Superspeedway. By the sixth lap, Elliott held position as the field scrambled to advance.
On Lap 10, the first caution of the race left multiple cars with damage, but the No. 9 team was not involved. Following a trip to pit road, Elliott was charged with a speeding penalty and was sent to the rear for the restart.
As the first stage continued, he was 18th by Lap 36. Quickly advancing inside the top 10 as the stage wound down, the driver finished in fourth.
When the second stage started Elliott was in the lead with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Bowman right behind. On Lap 28, all four Hendrick Motorsports teammates headed to pit road and Elliott returned to the track in 17th. The driver maintained his position throughout the following laps and looked for opportunities to advance.
With just 16 laps to go in the second stage and cars in front of Elliott choosing to pit, the driver took the lead again. As Stage 2 came to a close, Elliott continued to maintain the lead. He captured his first stage win of the season.
The final stage saw Elliott continuing in the race lead. With teammates Bowman and William Byron close behind, the three Hendrick Motorsports cars worked together to maintain position. After a caution for debris on the track, Elliott came to pit road for four tires.
With some other competitors opting for two or fewer tires, Elliott lost the lead, but, thanks to quick work by the No. 9 crew, he returned to the track in eighth. The Mountain Dew / Little Caesars Chevrolet was scored 12th with 47 laps to go.
Elliott was sixth with 25 laps to go and fifth when the red flag came out for a multi-car incident with seven laps to go.