Social Roundup: Chase Elliott receives hero’s welcome in Dawsonville

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“Boy’s a winner!”

That’s how Ryan Blaney, close friend of Chase Elliott, introduced the newest NASCAR Cup winner late Sunday night to a boisterous crowd at Elliott field in Dawsonville, Georgia.

The crowd cheered as Elliott, fresh off winning Sunday afternoon’s race at Watkins Glen International, stepped out of his plane and into the spotlight.

Elliott won Sunday’s race after leading the final 34 laps and holding off defending champion Martin Truex Jr. until Truex ran out of gas on the last lap. The win came in Elliott’s 99th career start.

“I don’t think I know this many people,” Elliott told Fox 5 in Atlanta. “Great night. I just appreciate everybody’s support, through the good times and the bad. I’ve come home pretty disappointed over the past couple of years. Great to come home tonight and finally have one to enjoy. Your first one’s something you don’t forget.”

Not long after Elliott took the checkered flag, the legendary siren was set off at the Dawsonville Pool Hall.