Elliott takes late-night drive to win in Nashville


 Chase Elliott wasn’t the strongest car at Nashville Superspeedway but he came to life when it mattered most Sunday night.

Elliott won for the second time this season by holding off Kurt Busch following a restart with four laps to go. The Hendrick Motorsports driver was kept on track with nine other drivers when the last caution of the Ally 400, for possible fluid from the blown engine of Josh Bilicki, flew with nine laps to go. A clean restart sealed the win for Elliott.

Elliott led 42 of 300 laps, including the last 39.

“I figured it was coming; I was hoping not,” Elliott said of the last caution. “Ryan [Blaney] gave me a great shove; I appreciate him doing me a solid there and getting us out front. I’m just so proud of our team. We had kind of a setback, there, about halfway and were able to get our NAPA Chevy dialed back in and get back in the mix. It was a long day; a fun day.

“Just so proud of our team – we’ve had a pretty tough month, month and a half. It’s just nice to get back going in the right direction. Getting a win is always huge. To do it in a really cool city like Nashville is even better, so looking forward to that guitar.”

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