Chase Elliott drives Chevrolet to breakthrough NASCAR Nationwide win at Texas: 18-12 months-outdated holds off Kyle Busch for initial career win in Nationwide Series

18-12 months-old holds off Kyle Busch for initial career win in Nationwide Series

By: Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Services on April 4, 2014

Chase Elliott, an 18-year-old senior in high school, schooled some of the best in the business in winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas on Friday night.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Chase Elliott, an 18-year-outdated senior in high school, schooled some of the ideal in the company in winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas on Friday night.

When Chase Elliott took the checkered flag in Friday night’;s O’;Reilly Auto Components 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, cementing his 1st NASCAR Nationwide Series victory, spotter Earl Barban had a message for him.

“I want to see the best burnout ever,” Barban informed the 18-year-previous son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott.

Chase Elliott obliged, laying a thick could of smoke from the exit of the tri-oval back to the flag stand.

Elliott had reason to celebrate. He had just beaten the best abilities in the stock automobile racing universe, whipping close to Kevin Harvick to the outdoors in turn 4 to consider the lead on lap 185 of 200.

In the long run, Elliott would pull away for the victory, finishing 2.666 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch, who ran 2nd. Kyle Larson came property third, followed by Harvick, who lost ground soon after the last restart on lap 178 of 200.

Elliott’;s group owner at JR Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished fifth. The 2 Busch and Larson started from the rear of the field after failing to clear inspection prior to the 1st round of Friday afternoon knockout qualifying concluded. Elliott took the series lead by 2 factors above JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith, who ran 6th.

Harvick won the pole in the qualifying session. He also gave Elliott some suggestions that might have come back to haunt him.

“I can’;t it believe it, guy,” Elliott mentioned soon after climbing from his car in Victory Lane. “It truly is crazy. I went to him (Harvick) for a whole lot of guidance this week, and assisted me out, gave me some ideas. … To pass him for the lead is genuinely crazy. I cannot feel it. It truly is amazing, and I can not thank everyone ample.”

The win also vindicated Bill Elliott’;s evaluation of his son’;s talent.

“I’;m about speechless,” Elliott mentioned. “I can’;t thank Rick Hendrick, all the guys at HMS (Hendrick Motorsports), JR Motorsports for pulling this deal with each other, and [sponsor] NAPA for putting collectively at the last minute. Almost everything was on the fence all the way until January.

“I preserve saying it. In no way to have been at some of these areas like Vegas, California and now right here at Texas, and to come out and beat the type of guys he beat — I will inform you what, you’;ve accomplished a heck of a work.”

Harvick led the initial 86 laps, but misplaced the leading spot to Busch in an excellent 3-way battle that featured the identical 3 drivers — Harvick, Busch and Larson — who fought for the win in Fontana, Calif., 2 weeks earlier, with Larson getting his very first NNS victory.

Busch remained out front ahead of and following the 1st cycle of green-flag pit stops all around the midpoint of the race, but right after a caution on lap 121 for Chad Boat’;s wreck on the frontstretch, the total complexion of the race transformed.

Busch restarted with the lead following a round of pit stops beneath the yellow but lost the lead to Elliott on lap 135. Complaining of a tight handling problem, Harvick dropped from second to 6th before his car started to cooperate.

On lap 155, Earnhardt passed Elliott for the lead and speedily extended his advantage to far more than 2 seconds before Jamie Dick’;s wreck on the backstretch brought on the fifth caution on lap 169.

Harvick, who had regained the 4th place throughout the 43-lap run right after the restart, took benefit of a twelve.4-2nd pit quit to retake the lead on pit road under the yellow. Coming to the green flag for a restart on lap 178, Harvick led Elliott, Earnhardt, Larson and Busch, in that purchase, but that altered in a flash, as Busch dived to the inside in flip one particular, outdueled Larson for third and charged following Harvick for the 2nd spot.

Chase Elliott's win on Friday night came in his sixth career NASCAR Nationwide Series start.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Chase Elliott’;s win on Friday night came in his sixth career NASCAR Nationwide Series start.

NASCAR Nationwide


At Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Texas

Lap length: 1.5 miles

(Begin position in parentheses)

one. (6) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 200 laps, 127.5 rating, 47 points.

2. (36) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200, 126.3, .

3. (37) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 200,, .

4. (one) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200, 134.3, .

5. (4) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 200, 120.2, .

6. (2) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 200, 104.2, .

6. (3) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, 104.6, 37.

7 (9) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 200,, .

9. (38) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, 91.4, 35.

10. (5) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 200, 91.2, 34.

eleven. (7) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200, 89.3, 33.

12. (13) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 200, 93.2, 32.

13. (11) James Buescher, Toyota, 200, 84.8, 31.

14. (10) Dylan Kwasniewski, Chevrolet, 200, 82.3, 30.

15. (12) David Starr, Toyota, 199, 75.5, thirty.

16. (17) J.J. Yeley, Dodge, 199, 76.5, 29.

17. (21) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 199, 70.2, 28.

18. (18) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 198, 65.3, 26.

19. (23) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 198, 66.3, 25.

20. (sixteen) Ryan Reed, Ford, 196, 65, 24.

21. (twenty) Josh Smart, Chevrolet, 195, 57.2, .

22. (25) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 195, 53.3, 22.

23. (8) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 195, 71.7, 21.

24. (29) Eric McClure, Toyota, 194, 43.5, twenty.

25. (24) Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet, 194, 54.4, 19.

26. (27) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 191, 45.5, 18.

27. (39) Chris Buescher, Ford, accident, 167, 70.4, 17.

28. (26) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, accident, 164, 44, sixteen.

29. (33) Mike Harmon, Dodge, suspension, 131, 34.6, 15.

thirty. (30) Tanner Berryhill, Dodge, wheel bearing, 120, forty.4, 14.

31. (14) Chad Boat, Chevrolet, accident, 119, 56.9, 13.

32. (15) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 119, 45.4, twelve.

33. (19) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, vibration, 66, 45, eleven.

34. (31) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, accident, 52, 37.9, 8.

35. (22) Tommy Joe Martins, Dodge, brakes, 34, 42.5, 9.

36. (35) Derek White, Dodge, transmission, 29, 30, 7

37. (32) Mike Wallace, Toyota, electrical, 23,, 7.

38. (34) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, engine, 6, 34.5, 6.

39. (28) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, vibration, 5,, 5.

forty. (forty) Blake Koch, Toyota, vibration, 2, 31.3, 4.

Race Statistics

Typical Velocity of Race Winner: 137.545 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 52 seconds.

Margin of Victory: 2.666 seconds.

Caution Flags: 5 for 26 laps.

Lead Changes: 14 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K.Harvick 1-87 K.Busch 88-25 K.Larson 101 M.Kenseth 102 J.Yeley 103-104 D.Starr 105-106 R.Sieg 107-108 K.Busch 109-121 C.Elliott 122 K.Busch 123-134 C.Elliott 135-154 D.Earnhardt Jr. 155-169 C.Elliott 170 K.Harvick 171-184 C.Elliott 185-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Instances Led, Laps Led): K.Harvick, 2 instances for 101 laps C.Elliott, 4 occasions for 38 laps K.Busch, 3 times for 38 laps D.Earnhardt Jr., 1 time for 15 laps D.Starr, one time for 2 laps J.Yeley, one time for 2 laps R.Sieg, one time for 2 laps K.Larson, 1 time for 1 lap M.Kenseth, one time for 1 lap.

Prime 10 in Points: 1. C.Elliott, 224 2. R.Smith, 222 3. T.Dillon, 214 4. E.Sadler, 208 5. T.Bayne, 206 6. B.Gaughan, 193 6. B.Scott, 192 7 D.Kwasniewski, 179 9. J.Buescher, 176 10. R.Reed, 141.

NASCAR Driver Rating Formula

A optimum of 150 factors can be attained in a race.

The formula combines the following classes: Wins, Finishes, Leading-15 Finishes, Common Operating Position Although on Lead Lap, Average Velocity Below Green, Quickest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

Chase Elliott started the celebration with a major-league burnout at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Chase Elliott began the celebration with a key-league burnout at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.

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