Chase Elliott Claims His First Victory at Talladega
Chevy drivers took four of the top five positions in another wild one at Talladega Superspeedway with Chase Elliott holding off teammate Alex Bowman for his first victory of the season. Elliott led a race-high 44 laps for his first win at Talladega and the fourth of his career.
The race was red-flagged after a backstretch wreck six laps from the end when the car of Chris Buescher was sent into the wall after contact from Aric Almirola then was struck by Matt DiBenedetto. The cars of Martin Truex, Jr. and Justin Haley were also involved. After the track was cleaned up it set the stage for the four-lap shootout to the finish.
The race finished under caution after a five-car wreck that sent Kyle Larson's car barrel-rolling along the inner backstretch wall during the final lap. Larson's car was in the lead at the moment the caution lights came on so he became the official winner.
After Larson and Bowman, rookies Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric came in third and fifth. Joey Logano came in fourth.
Tough day for Toyota on Sunday with 10th place Kyle Busch's Toyota the only one finishing in the Top 10. 19th place Erik Jones and 20th place Martin Truex, Jr. were the only other Toyotas in the Top 20.
Dover's Monster Mile is up next on the schedule next Sunday.