Chase Elliott had a dominant car, pulling away to win the NASCAR All-Star Race for the first time and collect the $1 million paycheck.
Elliott’s win marks the sixth time in the last seven years the All-Star Race has had a first-time winner. He won in the first All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway and in front of fans, estimated by some to be more than 20,000 — the largest crowd at a NASCAR race since the series resumed in May.
Elliott won three of the last four stages.
“I can’t believe it,” Elliott said on FS1. “There’s nothing like Bristol. There’s nothing like the lights here. There’s nothing like racing here.”
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Kyle Busch finished second.
“You got to catch the guy to bump him and there was no catching him,” Busch said.
But the All-Star Race was run without caution in the last two stages.
The opening stages were relatively calm. Blaney took the lead on Lap 3 and held it through the end of the stage on Lap 55. Elliott took the lead after the restart to begin Stage 2 and held it for the 35 laps. Elliott cruised to the win in the third stage, which went without caution.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Ryan Blaney
STAGE 2 WINNER: Chase Elliott
STAGE 3 WINNER: Chase Elliott
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Kyle Busch finished second for his sixth consecutive top-10 finish in this event. … Kevin Harvick finished third for his third consecutive top-three finish in this event.
NOTABLE: Chase and Bill Elliott are the second father-son combination to win the All-Star Race, joining Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Both of the wins by the Elliotts were at the only All-Star Races not at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bill Elliott won in 1986 at Atlanta.
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