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Chase Elliott Wins NASCAR Cup Series Race At Charlotte’s ‘Roval’

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CONCORD, NC (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The NASCAR Cup Series has a new ‘road course master’ as Chase Elliott won Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400 on the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Elliott drove away from the field on the final restart with ten laps-to-go to grab his third victory and 19th top-10 finish in 2020.  The victory was also Elliott’s fourth in-a-row on a road course (Watkins Glen and Charlotte ROVAL in 2019 and the Daytona Road Course and Charlotte ROVAL in 2020).

“I thought our car was better than it was here last year,” said Elliott. “I thought I was better than I was last year. Didn’t pile drive the barriers this time. That was good. Was able to finish it off the right way, which is always encouraging.”

Elliott did have to recover from a loose left front wheel following a pit stop on lap 52.  Elliott came back down pit road to have the wheel tightened as the green flag waved on lap 54, dropping the No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet deep in the field.

It doesn’t matter whose fault it is,” said Elliott when asked about what he was feeling inside the race car at that point. “Those guys weren’t cussing me when I ran through the barrier (in 2019). I wasn’t going to cuss them for a mistake either. The end result is the setback. That’s really the bottom line. Blaming or being upset, as much as sometimes you might want to be, it’s really unproductive. I think we just needed to keep our eyes forward, heads down, focus on trying to get back up front and have a shot to win.”

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Elliott methodically started working his way back through the field until he was back in the top five, eventually passing Erik Jones for the lead on lap 92.

The victory guaranteed Elliott and the No. 9 team a spot in the ‘Round of 8’ of the NASCAR Playoffs.  Four drivers were eliminated from the playoffs after falling below the eighth place cut-line: Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon.

The NASCAR Playoffs ‘Round of 8’ starts October 18, 2020 at Kansas Speedway.

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Martin Truex Jr Victorious At Martinsville Speedway

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MARTINSVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Martin Truex Jr passed teammate Denny Hamlin on lap 485 and went on the win the rain-delayed NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  The victory was Truex’s second of 2021 and 29th of his Cup Series Career.

“He (Hamlin) started getting tight, our car was getting better and better,” said Truex of the late race pass. “We were able to take advantage of it. Really happy. For whatever reason our car really turned on when the lights went down. Always good when a plan comes together and it works out the way you hoped it would.”

Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott finished second, his seventh top-10 finish in 13-races at Martinsville and fourth top-10 of 2021.

“Really, really hard-fought second actually for us,” said Elliott. “We were not great, but had some, I guess our strong suit was kind of early on in the run, then really faded hard, too hard there in the latter part of a run. But we never got one of those super long runs, which is probably a good thing for us because we were struggling on that end. But, yeah, proud we could fight back.”

Hamlin settled for third after leading the most laps in the race (267).

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“Had a really good car on the short run all day,” said Hamlin. “Got great restarts. Was fast for 25, 30 laps. Then it seemed like guys would start catching us. Unfortunately it was just too many laps there at the end that we couldn’t hold those guys off.”

Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Kyle Larson finished fourth and fifth respectively, giving HMS three cars in the top 5.

The race featured 18-lead changes among 7-drivers and was slowed by 15-caution flags for 105-laps.

The next NASCAR Cup Series race is April 18, 2020 at Richmond Raceway.

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Josh Berry Gets First Career Xfinity Series Win At Martinsville Speedway

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MARTINSVILLE, VA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Josh Berry passed Ty Gibbs for the lead on lap 223 and stayed out front for the final 27-laps to get his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the rain-delayed Cook Out 250 at Martinsville Speedway.  The victory was the first career victory for Berry in 13 Xfinity Series starts.

“Man, I wanted to win so bad for these guys,” said Berry referring to his No. 8 JR Motorsports team. “They’re such a great group. I knew this would be a good opportunity to win. (Crew chief) Taylor (Moyer) called a perfect race. The car was good, and we just kept tweaking on it. The tires were pretty worn out there at the end. I was struggling a little bit with wheel-hop. This is just unbelievable.”

Berry’s JR Motorsports teammate Noah Gragson finished second and picked up a $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus, which eased the pain of being the runner-up.

“One hundred thousand dollars richer,” said Gragson. “Great 1-2 finish for our team at JR Motorsports. I really wanted to win there, but I was having to protect the bottom to keep the guys behind me from moving me out of the way. I couldn’t open up my arc the way I needed to and make speed.”

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Daniel Hemric finished in third position followed by Gibbs, who faded to a fourth place finish.  Gibbs’ teammate Brandon Jones finished fifth. Jones was the leader Friday night when storms red-flagged the event after completing 91-laps.

The race featured 13-lead changes among 9-drivers.  The race was slowed by 12-caution flags for 75-laps.

The next race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is April 24, 2021 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Mother Nature Wins At Martinsville Speedway

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MARTINSVILLE, VA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Mother Nature is throwing a wrench into this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series Schedules at Martinsville Virginia.

Friday’s Xfinity race is under a red flag following 92-laps of the scheduled 250-lap event after rain showers put an end to NASCAR’s attempt to get the event finished.  Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones is scored as the leader of the race.

NASCAR has rescheduled the remainder of the event for Sunday at Noon ET.

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The Cup Series race was red flagged on lap 43 because of showers.  JGR’s Denny Hamlin is scored as the leader.  Hamlin has led 38-laps.  Team Penske’s Joey Logano started on the pole position and led the other laps.

NASCAR will restart the event on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

Per NASCAR rules, an event is considered official after half of the scheduled distance has been completed.

Both races will be broadcast live on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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