Trevor Bayne nips Chase Elliott in thrilling finish, advances to All-Star Race

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Trevor Bayne advanced to the Sprint All-Star Race by nipping Chase Elliott for first Saturday morning in the opening segment of the Sprint Showdown.

Bayne was fourth on a restart with one lap left in the 20-lap segment, but he was able to split the front row of Ryan Blaney and leader Chase Elliott to take the lead.

Replays showed his No. 6 Ford beat Elliott to the finish by 0.004 seconds, and Bayne credited a push by teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to helping him win.

“I don’t think I was sweating until Lap 19 coming off Turn 2, there was a tiny hole, and we got a good restart,” Bayne told FS1. “I pushed (Blaney) out past the start-finish line.

“Our Ford was good in clean air, but all we had was a restart. They kind of fanned out, I got a run and saw a little hole and somehow we made it through without a car getting beat up. Ricky came and gave me a huge push. Without that, we probably don’t win the race. It’s really nice to have  a teammate who will choose to work with you when it might not be in his best interest.”

NASCAR black-flagged Blaney for jumping the restart, putting him at the rear for the second 20-lap segment.

Bayne will be joined in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race by the winners of the other two segments of the Showdown. Two drivers also will transfer via the fan vote.

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