Chase Elliott entered the weekend because the championship factors chief, regardless of not having received a race this season. One of these issues modified at present as the driving force of the No. 9 Chevrolet led the ultimate 53 laps at Dover to seize the 14th victory of his profession.
Elliott helped make historical past alongside the way in which, turning into the fourth Hendrick Motorsports driver to win a race this season. It is the primary time in NASCAR historical past a staff has had all 4 of its drivers win races within the opening 11 races of a season. The 26-year outdated cruised to a 2.577 second margin of victory to increase his lead within the championship.
“Just had some good circumstances finally,” Elliott stated. “Just really appreciate Alan Gustafson and our entire team for just sticking with it. We had some tough races over the last four or five months and just great to get NAPA back to victory lane and great to get Hendrick Motorsports in victory lane. So proud. This means a lot in a lot of different ways. Just appreciate all the effort.”
“It’s been a fun day and we’re certainly going to enjoy this,” he continued. Like I informed the crew after the race, these guys, they’ve been deserving of 1 for some time so glad we might get throughout the road first. We’ll take pleasure in it for just a few days after which go to work subsequent week.”
Today’s victory is Elliott’s second win at Dover and the first time he has won on an oval since his 2020 championship season when he took the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami. He led a total of 73 laps today.
What was originally scheduled to be a two-day show was forced to three days after rain fell on the racetrack Sunday afternoon. The race was halted after 78 laps with Kyle Larson as the race leader. The final 317 laps were run today, and the race was filled with action from beginning to end.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr had his best showing of the season, finishing runner-up in his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet. It was just the second top-ten finish of the season for Stenhouse, dating back to his Bristol Dirt finish in 2021.
“Man, it’s been a tough begin to the season,” a relieved Stenhouse said. “Our quick monitor program has been off. All of our different good races that we’ve had good runs going, one thing has at all times occurred. Really good to place this all collectively. I felt like we had a automobile able to profitable, clearly getting off pit highway at completely different occasions. My pit crew did an awesome job protecting us up entrance all day.”
Ross Chastain finished in 3rd place today, although it wasn’t without controversy. The winner from last weekend had a run-in with Martin Truex Jr on the final lap of the race, and the two exchanged words on pit lane. When asked about the incident and meeting with Truex after the race, the Trackhouse Racing driver said, “We have been speaking about the place we have been going fishing subsequent week.”
Truex, who finished 12th, was just one of many Joe Gibbs Racing drivers to suffer some sort of heartbreak this afternoon. Denny Hamlin led 67 laps but lost a left-front tire while leading the race. He fought his way back into the top-five only to be collected by a spinning Cody Ware at the midpoint of the race and finished 21st. “A lug nut got here out of the gun, and we didn’t realize it till it was too late, clearly,” crew chief Chris Gabehart told Hamlin over the radio after the incident. “It is what it’s.”
Christopher Bell had a wheel issue at the start of Stage 2 and went to the back of the field. Kyle Busch led the most laps (103) in the race but was caught out by an ill-timed caution. Still, Bell was able to rebound for a 4th place finish, with Alex Bowman completing the top five.
“Just very, very irritating to have these points and get put behind as a result of I really feel like if we might have stayed up entrance, we might have probably contended for the win,” Bell said. “We have been capable of get again up there in that third stage, and I’ll take it. Week-in, and week-out we’re bringing vehicles able to working within the top-five and top-ten, so hopefully our day is coming quickly.”
There have been a complete of 12 cautions within the race and 17 lead modifications amongst ten completely different drivers. Larson completed sixth to place a bow on the day for Hendrick, with Kyle Busch coming residence in seventh place. Pole sitter Chris Buescher battled his approach again in the direction of the entrance after falling off and completed in eighth. Kevin Harvick scored his twenty third top-ten end on the Monster Mile and Erik Jones had a strong day, rounding out the highest ten for Petty GMS.
It was one other tough outing for Team Penske, as their drivers completed twenty sixth, twenty ninth, and thirty sixth at present. Rookie Austin Cindric was unable to make well timed repairs on his broken Ford Mustang. Joey Logano by no means confirmed any tempo through the weekend and Ryan Blaney received Stage 2 however was by no means in rivalry for the win.
It was a weekend to overlook for Richard Childress Racing as their drivers completed twenty third and thirtieth at present. Both drivers had setup and dealing with points for almost all of the weekend, however hope to rebound subsequent weekend. AJ Allmendinger had a tough day after tapping the wall early within the race, then misplaced his right-front tire on his technique to pit highway.
The subsequent occasion on the 2022 calendar shall be a particular one. The Cup Series heads to the long-lasting Darlington Raceway subsequent weekend on Mother’s Day. Coverage for Sunday’s throwback Goodyear 400 at Darlington begins at 3:30 PM ET on FS1.