NASCAR’s top teams raced for $1 million Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Cup Series’ annual All-Star Race. The winner-take-all event didn’t produce the short-track action that fans crave (and there were about 20,000 on hand, reports The Associated Press, as NASCAR allowed spectators in).
Instead, there was mostly trouble-free racing and a comfortable victory by Chase Elliott, the series’ Most Popular Driver. He won Stages 2 and 3 and then dominated the closing 15-lap stage.
“Oh, my gosh, there’s no feeling like it, nothing like it,” Elliott said after the fans cheered his triumph. “Bristol is an electric atmosphere unlike any place we go to. We’re going to celebrate this one for sure.”
“There’s nothing like Bristol, Elliott added. “There’s nothing like the lights here. There’s nothing like racing here. I’ve never won here (before) — what a race to do it.”
Below is more about Elliott’s win, plus the complete results of Wednesday’s NASCAR All-Star Race and All-Star Open at Bristol.
Who won the NASCAR race last night?
Chase Elliott took control of the race in Stage 2 and never let go. He led 60 of the race’s 140 laps, which were broken up into four stages. Ryan Blaney led the most laps (72) and took Stage 1, but he came home in sixth.
Elliott joined his father, Bill, as an All-Star winner. They’re the second father-son combo to win the race, after Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Interestingly, only two All-Star Races have been held at a track other than Charlotte Motor Speedway, and an Elliott has won both of them: Chase this year and Bill in 1986 at Atlanta, his home track.
NASCAR results at Bristol
Well, if you weren’t first Wednesday, you were pretty much last as only Elliott cashed. Kyle Busch came home second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin in the top five.
Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman was the only other Chevrolet driver in the top 10.
Below are the complete results from Wednesday’s All-Star race and the All-Star Open, which set the last four spots in the field, at Bristol.
# Rookie. (i) Ineligible for series points.
Average speed of race winner: 65.68 mph.
Time of race: 1 hour, 8 minutes, 10 seconds. Margin of victory: 0.418 seconds.
Caution flags: 5 for 13 laps.
Lead changes: 6 among 4 drivers.
Lap leaders: M. Truex Jr. 0; A. Bowman 1-2; R. Blaney 3-55; K. Harvick 56-61; C. Elliott 62-90; R. Blaney 91-109; C. Elliott 110-140.
Leaders summary (Driver, times led, laps led): Ryan Blaney 2 times for 72 laps; Chase Elliott 2 times for 60 laps; Kevin Harvick 1 time for 6 laps; Alex Bowman 1 time for 2 laps.
Stage 1 top 10: 12,4,9,88,20,10,22,2,18,6
Stage 2 top 10: 9,4,12,2,88,14,11,22,10,18
Stage 3 top 10: 9,12,2,18,4,11,20,22,88,14
# Rookie. (1) Stage 1 winner. (2) Stage 2 winner. (i) Ineligible for series points.
Average speed of race winner: 57.388 mph.
Time of race: 47 minutes, 22 seconds. Margin of victory: 0.789 seconds.
Caution flags: 4 for 18 laps.
Lead changes: 3 among 4 drivers.
Lap leaders: M. McDowell 1-10; A. Almirola 11-35; W. Byron 36-70; M. DiBenedetto 71-85.
Leaders summary (Driver, times led, laps led): William Byron 1 time for 35 laps; Aric Almirola 1 time for 25 laps; Matt DiBenedetto 1 time for 15 laps; Michael McDowell 1 time for 10 laps.
Stage 1 top 10: 10,24,13,47,17,14,32,96,21,3
Stage 2 top 10: 32,8,15,27,53,24,21,3,14,95
2020 Fan Vote winner: Clint Bowyer.
Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.
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