Last weekend at the Richmond (VA) Raceway, we had the spin and win from Martin Truex Jr. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was spun out late in the Federated Auto Parts 400 but rebounded to take his No. 19 Toyota to victory lane for the second straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Eight days later, we had a crash and win on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL.
Chase Elliott won the second stage of Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 but on the Lap 64 restart, he got into Turn 1 too hot while leading and went straight into the tire barriers. Elliott’s day wasn’t done but his race winning chances appeared to be over.
Or so we thought.
We had four cautions in a 10 lap span which allowed Elliott to not only get his car right, but to keep moving his way forward. On the final restart with under seven to go, Elliott went from third to second to first on Lap 104 as he led the final six laps en route to his sixth career Cup Series win, half of which coming on road courses.
Elliott, has won the last two years at Watkins Glen and now reaches victory lane in Charlotte.
Also, three of Elliott’s six career victories have also come in the playoffs as well.
In 45 laps, he went from the lead to the tire barriers to celebrating in victory lane.
This was his sixth top 10 finish over the last eight races as he heads a round that saw him win at Dover and Kansas in the playoff races last year as well as winning at Talladega this past year in April.
Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate of Alex Bowman would charge to a runner-up finish in his No. 88 Chevrolet. Bowman, went from a near spin and win as he spun on the opening lap, crashed with Darrell Wallace Jr. on Lap 41 then came back to his second top five finish over the last 17 races.
By virtue of his second place finish, Bowman will advance to the Round of 12.
Kevin Harvick would finish third in his No. 4 Ford. If not for all those cautions at the end, he likely would have won. Harvick, outlasted the field on four late race restarts, but the fifth and final one he couldn’t hold off the faster Hendrick cars.
Harvick, held a 7+ second lead before Ricky Stenhouse Jr. brought out the eighth caution flag of the day on Lap 88. This was Harvick’s third top seven in as many tries on road courses this season to go along with three top eight’s in the first round and nine top eight finishes over his last nine starts on the season.
Clint Bowyer finished fourth in his No. 14 Ford for his fifth top 10 in his last six starts. Bowyer, also moves onto the second round.
Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five in his No. 2 Ford for his fifth top five in his last six races on the season.