Chase Elliott earns $100Okay ‘bounty’ with Gander Vehicles win over Kyle Busch
On his first attempt, the bounty hunter bought his prey.
Within the closing laps of Tuesday night time’s North Carolina Schooling Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott held off a decided cost from Kyle Busch within the closing laps to earn the victory and a $100,000 bounty provided to any full-time NASCAR Cup Sequence driver who may beat Busch.
Not dangerous for a man who hadn’t competed in a NASCAR Gander RV & Outside Truck Sequence race since 2017.
Busch had gained every of his final seven begins within the Gander Vehicles, relationship to 2018, however Elliott had loads of incentive to finish that string. Driver Kevin Harvick and Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of the sequence sponsor, every put up $50,000 for any full-time NASCAR Cup Sequence driver who may beat Busch in a Truck race. The cash is earmarked for coronavirus aid.
It wasn’t simply the cash for charity. Busch had wrecked Elliott simply earlier than rain ended final Wednesday night time’s Cup race at Darlington. And Elliott was denied victory in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte when warning flew with two laps left — and Elliott main comfortably.
“It was loads of enjoyable,” Elliott mentioned of Tuesday’s win. “First off, a because of (sponsors) iRacing and Hooters, Chevrolet and GMS (Racing) for letting me come do that. (The truck) was actually good from the get-go, for having no laps (of apply). The splitter was the place it wanted to be,” mentioned Elliott.
“It made it simple for me to maneuver ahead and attempt to get again acclimated… It doesn’t make up for Sunday, however it was nonetheless a very good night time. Glad to win and glad to do some good for the aid effort for this virus.”
Busch was 11th for the ultimate restart on Lap 109 of 134. By Lap 114, he had surged into the second place and trailed Elliott by .974 seconds. Busch bought as shut as .301 seconds on Lap 129, however on the next circuit, a lapped truck took Busch’s most popular inside line by the nook and broke his momentum. When he crossed the end line, Elliott held a 0.627-second lead.
“He was a bit of higher than I used to be there on the finish,” Elliott acknowledged. “I bought tight. I don’t assume we adjusted sufficient on that final pit cease (on Lap 89). I used to be a bit of scared. I actually didn’t know precisely what I wanted or what these items did as time went on.
“Fortunately, the precise entrance stayed on it lengthy sufficient to get to the top. And I believe he (Busch) burned out his stuff fairly onerous attempting to get to me. To have the ability to come out and outrun him, and him end second — I’d a lot reasonably him end second than wreck or one thing, so I really feel like I did one thing proper.”
Sunoco rookie Zane Smith, Elliott’s GMS Racing teammate, completed third in his first national-series begin at Charlotte. Brett Moffitt was fourth and Sheldon Creed fifth. John Hunter Nemechek, additionally attempting for the bounty, ran sixth, adopted by Johnny Sauter, Ty Majeski, Austin Hill and Ben Rhodes.
Busch needed to come from the rear twice, after a pair of lengthy pit stops to regulate the peak of his No. 51 Toyota. Busch mentioned afterward that the texture was by no means proper.
“We have been out in left discipline the entire night time, by no means actually had a fantastic really feel for the truck, a great-driving truck, and simply salvaged what I may,” Busch mentioned.
The place Busch’s successful streak ended at seven, Elliott’s reached two. In 2017, the motive force of the No. 24 GMS Chevrolet gained from the pole at Martinsville in his earlier Truck Sequence begin.
1. (26) Chase Elliott(i), Chevrolet, 134.
2. (16) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 134.
3. (30) Zane Smith #, Chevrolet, 134.
4. (22) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 134.
5. (21) Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet, 134.
6. (38) John Hunter Nemechek(i), Ford, 134.
7. (8) Johnny Sauter, Ford, 134.
8. (7) Ty Majeski #, Chevrolet, 134.
9. (5) Austin Hill, Toyota, 134.
10. (1) Ben Rhodes, Ford, 134.
11. (27) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 134.
12. (9) Grant Enfinger, Ford, 134.
13. (2) Tyler Ankrum, Chevrolet, 134.
14. (6) Christian Eckes #, Toyota, 134.
15. (20) Raphael Lessard #, Toyota, 134.
16. (25) Derek Kraus #, Toyota, 134.
17. (17) Tate Fogleman #, Chevrolet, 134.
18. (31) Codie Rohrbaugh, Chevrolet, 134.
19. (15) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 134.
20. (35) Jesse Little(i), Chevrolet, 134.
21. (3) Tanner Grey #, Ford, 134.
22. (33) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 134.
23. (12) Angela Ruch, Toyota, 133.
24. (34) Korbin Forrister, Toyota, 133.
25. (19) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 133.
26. (29) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 133.
27. (13) Natalie Decker, Chevrolet, 132.
28. (40) Bayley Currey(i), Chevrolet, 132.
29. (39) Clay Greenfield, Toyota, 130.
30. (10) Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 130.
31. (18) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 130.
32. (23) Cory Roper, Ford, 129.
33. (37) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, 127.
34. (36) Bryan Dauzat, Chevrolet, 120.
35. (4) Matt Crafton, Ford, 107.
36. (24) Garrett Smithley(i), Chevrolet, Rear Finish, 105.
37. (11) Todd Gilliland, Ford, Accident, 102.
38. (32) Brennan Poole(i), Toyota, DVP, 83.
39. (14) Jesse Iwuji, Toyota, Accident, 74.
40. (28) Spencer Davis #, Toyota, Transmission, 54.