Chase Elliott Claims Yet Another Road Course Win, His First of 2021 Season
Defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott has claimed his first win of the 2021 Cup Series season at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. His win Sunday means that Elliott has won five of the last six road courses run on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The win also ties Hendrick Motorsports with Richard Petty Motorsports as the winningest team in NASCAR Cup Series competition with 268 as well as Chevrolet’s 800th win in the series as well.
Wet Weather, Strategy Paid Off For Elliott
The race was slowed with 15 laps remaining due to standing water on the long back stretch. One lap later, the field was brought to pit road under red flag conditions. Due to the incoming inclement weather, and the standing water on portions of the circuit, NASCAR decided to call the race as it stood, which meant Elliott was the winner. Elliott took the lead on for the first time on lap 50 and held the lead until the yellow flag. Running low on fuel, Elliott’s crew gambled and kept the No. 9 on the track as rain loomed closer. The move paid off, given Hendrick Motorsports and Elliott another victory this season.
Elliott stated minutes after hearing he had won, “I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve never won a rain race before, so it’s kinda cool. Just super proud of our team for just continuing to fight. At the start of the day, we weren’t very good, just kept pushing myself, kept making some good changes throughout the day and got to where we were on pace with those guys there at the end. It’s not the greatest thing ever to have a rain race win if it’s your first one, but I think it’s ok if it’s down the road, so I’m pretty exited about that. I’m looking forward to next week to try to keep it rolling.”
How the Top Ten Looked on Sunday
Kyle Larson, Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, finished in second place behind Chase, giving Hendrick Motorsports back to back top two finishes. Joey Logano finished in third position, while Ross Chastain claimed a career best fourth place finish for Chip Ganassi Racing. Xfinity Series regular and road racing ace A.J. Allmendinger finished in fifth after a second place finish yesterday in the Xfinity Series race. Rookie Chase Briscoe netted his first top ten finish by finishing in sixth. Michael McDowell, who is no stranger to road course racing, finished in seventh. Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick and Kyle Busch rounded out the top ten.
What’s Next for the NASCAR Cup Series?
The next round of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is the longest race on the schedule at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans can catch all of the action of the Coca Cola 600 at 6pm ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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