Chase Elliott wins the NASCAR enjoyillinois.com 300 Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.

Chase Elliott Wins at Chicagoland and Regains Points Lead

Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet, won Saturday night’s EnjoyIllinois.com 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.  It was his third victory in an outstanding rookie campaign that is only 18 races old.  With the win, Elliott now leads teammate Regan Smith by seven points in the season-long drivers’ standings.enjoyillinois.com 300Despite having never raced at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, Elliott found himself on the move to the front early.  Elliott blasted his No. 9 machine past pole-sitter Brian Scott into the lead on lap 21 and set sail.  At one point, Elliott extended his lead to more than eight seconds over his nearest competitor.

enjoyillinois.com 300In the latter stages, Elliott and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standout Kyle Larson waged a spirited battle for the top spot before Elliott’s crew chief Greg Ives called him to pit road for the team’s final pit stop at lap 161.  Both Elliott and his NAPA AUTO PARTS crew executed a flawless pit stop under pressure to distance themselves from Larson through the sequence of green-flag pit stops.  By the time the running order cycled through, Elliott found himself with a four-second advantage over Larson and Trevor Bayne.  He’d never relinquish the lead again as he cruised to the victory by 1.773 seconds over Bayne, Larson, Kasey Kahne and Ty Dillon.

Racing the same chassis he took to victory lane at Darlington Raceway back in April, Elliott led a race-high 85 laps en route to his third career victory and the seventh win for JR Motorsports in 2014.  The win qualifies Elliott to compete for an additional $100,000 bonus courtesy of Nationwide Insurance’s Dash 4 Cash program next weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

enjoyillinois.com 300Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott

“We made some really good adjustments overnight.  I can’t thank Greg and everybody enough.  They didn’t quit.  Our car had speed at times yesterday (during practice).  We just weren’t as good, the whole time, as I wanted to be.  A huge thanks to NAPA AUTO PARTS, our fans, Nationwide Insurance for what they do for us, Great Clips, our supporters with TaxSlayer and Rocky Ridge Trucks too.  This is a great night for us in Chicago.  I’m glad to be here and I’m looking forward to Indy.”

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2014 Nationwide Series Standings – Driver Points

1. Chase Elliott……………………………………. 646
2. Regan Smith……………………………………… -7
3. Elliott Sadler……………………………………… -8
4. Ty Dillon………………………………………….. -30
5. Brian Scott………………………………………. -47
6. Trevor Bayne…………………………………… -50
7. Brendan Gaughan………………………….. -120
8. Chris Buescher……………………………….. -123
9. James Buescher…………………………….. -154
10. Ryan Reed…………………………………… -161

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