With four laps remaining, Kurt Busch was passed by Chase Elliott on a resumption, and Elliott went on to win the twice-postponed NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway on Sunday.
Following a late yellow, many drivers vying for the victory chose to pit for new tyres, while Elliott and nine other drivers chose to stay on the course.
Elliott quickly overtook Kurt Busch for the lead on the resumption with 4 of the 300 laps remaining with a push from Ryan Blaney, and he held on to win the race on Sunday despite more than three hours of rain and lightning interruptions.
The racer who pitted, Denny Hamlin, had the highest result, coming in sixth.
Elliott now has two victories in the 2022 campaign, both on concrete ovals. He had previously triumphed at Dover Motor Speedway in Delaware. Additionally, it’s his 15th victory overall.
“I figured (the last caution) was coming but I was hoping not,” Elliott said. “Ryan (Blaney) gave me a great shove. I appreciate him doing me a solid there and getting us out front. So proud of our team.
“We had a setback there about halfway (he had to pit twice under caution for a loose wheel). But we able to get our Chevy dialed back in and get back in the mix. It was a long day, a fun day. Thanks to the fans for hanging out.
“We’ve had a pretty rough month, month-and-a-half. So, it’s nice to get back going in the right direction and getting a win is huge. To do it in a really cool city like Nashville is even better.
“Looking forward to that guitar (trophy).”
Ross Chastain completed the top five, followed by Blaney in third place and Kyle Larson in fourth.
Austin Cindric, Christopher Bell, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick round out the top ten. Hamlin also placed in the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing racers had a fantastic race; they led 250 of the 300 laps. However, the late yellow and following pit strategy calls ruined it. The most was 114 by Hamlin.
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