Elliott navigated a wild race Sunday, that included 9 cautions and beginning on moist tires, and held off Joey Logano to win for the second consecutive season on the Charlotte Roval.
The win can be Elliott’s fourth consecutive victory on a highway course within the Cup Collection, together with his earlier win this season on the Daytona Street Course. He now has three wins on the 2020 season and 9 in his profession.
The win additionally locked Elliott into the Spherical of eight of the sequence playoffs.
“Had a very good automotive,” Elliott stated. “Simply recognize all people that makes this deal go. We have been strong right here final 12 months and I felt we took what we had and made it a little bit higher. I did a greater job, didn’t piledrive the barrier, that was good.
“It’s all the time one of the simplest ways to get by to win. I hope we are able to do one thing within the subsequent spherical. I want we’d bought extra at this time however we’ll take these 5 (playoff factors) and see what we are able to do.
“I really feel like Hendrick dominated Charlotte for an extended, very long time. I hope we are able to get again to that. It’s too exhausting to get choosy about the place we win so we’ll take it.”
Erik Jones completed third within the race, Kurt Busch fourth and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five. Finishing the top-10 finishers have been William Byron, Martin Truex Jr., Alex Bowman, Cole Custer and Clint Bowyer.
4 drivers have been eradicated from additional title competition this season following Sunday’s race – reigning sequence champion Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Bowyer and Aric Almirola.
“Simply attempting to get every thing we are able to get. You throw a few ‘Hail Mary’s’ they usually don’t work. That 9 automotive (Elliott) is spectacular right here,” Kyle Busch stated. “I adopted him a few laps and he bought smaller and smaller driving away.”
Following the break between Levels 2 and three, a number of lead-lap automobiles pit together with Blaney as Christopher Bell inherited the lead. Truex was penalized for dashing on pit highway and needed to restart the race from the rear of the sector.
On the restart on Lap 54, Bell was adopted by Byron and Tyler Reddick.
Byron rapidly bought round Bell on the restart to take the lead as Elliott dropped down pit highway with a free wheel.
With 50 laps remaining within the race, Byron led Bell by virtually a second as Brad Keselowski had labored his approach again to 3rd.
On Lap 65, Ty Dillon bought off-course and wrecked in Flip 6 to deliver out a warning. A number of lead-lap automobiles pit for gasoline and tires however Byron stayed in and out the lead.
On the restart on Lap 68, Byron was adopted by Bell, Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson.
Bowyer bought round Bell on the entrance to Flip 1 on the restart and commenced to problem Byron for the lead.
Austin Dillon wrecked on the entrance to the frontstretch chicane after contact with Kyle Busch on Lap 69 to deliver out one other warning. Custer additionally missed chicane throughout the incident.
Alex Bowman reported throughout the warning that he wasn’t feeling properly in his No. 88 Chevrolet. He could have some injury to the crush panel on his automotive earlier within the race.
A number of lead-lap drivers elected to pit underneath the warning however Blaney stayed on the observe and took over the lead. Byron was penalized for dashing on pit highway throughout his cease and needed to restart the race from the rear of the sector.
On the restart on Lap 73, Blaney was adopted by Ryan Preece and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Bubba Wallace bought into Stenhouse on the entrance of Flip 1 on the restart in an incident that additionally collected Bowyer, which acquired injury to his No. 14 Ford.
Later in the identical lap, Blaney bought spun, which turned the lead over to Preece, adopted by Bowman and Logano.
On Lap 82, Bowman bought round Preece getting into Flip 5 to take the lead for the primary time as Elliott moved into second.
Elliott lastly labored his approach round Bowman on Lap 84 for the lead as each drivers went by Flip 5.
Particles in Turns Three and Four on Lap 86 compelled NASCAR to trigger a warning and at across the similar time, Matt Kenseth plowed into the barrier in Flip 3.
Virtually all of the lead-lap automobiles pit for tires and gasoline to make it to the end of the race however Kyle Busch stayed out and inherited the lead.
On the restart on Lap 90, Kyle Busch was adopted by Bell, Hamlin, Jones and Blaney.
Jones bought round Kyle Busch in Flip 5 on Lap 91 to seize the lead as Elliott additionally handed Kyle Busch to maneuver into the second place.
Exiting Flip eight on Lap 92, Elliott went to the within of Jones to reclaim the lead.
Brennan Poole stalled on the observe in Flip 13 on Lap 97 to deliver out one other warning and bunch the sector once more. Some lead-lap automobiles pit however Elliott remained on the observe and within the lead.
On the restart with 10 laps remaining, Elliott was adopted by Jones, Kurt Busch and Logano.
With 5 laps to go, Elliott had constructed up a greater than 2-second lead over Logano as Kurt Busch ran third.
With two laps remaining, Kyle Busch was compelled to pit as he ran out of gasoline, which left him with no probability to advance within the Cup Collection playoffs.
Blaney held off Elliott in a two-lap sprint to gather the Stage 2 victory.
Bell ended up third, Truex fourth and Logano rounded out the top-five.
Following the break between Levels 1 and a pair of, a number of drivers elected to pit however Bell stayed out and inherited the lead.
On the restart on Lap 29, Bell was adopted by Matt DiBenedetto and Byron.
Byron bought by Bell getting into Flip 1 on Lap 30 to take the lead for the primary time as DiBenedetto remained third.
On Lap 33, Ryan Newman spun on the frontstretch however was in a position to get again going with out a warning.
Keselowski, Jones and DiBenedetto all spun in Flip Four on Lap 34 however have been in a position to proceed with out additional incident.
With 15 laps remaining within the stage, Byron continued to prepared the ground with Blaney and Logano not far behind.
Getting into Flip 1 on Lap 40, Blaney went to the within of Byron and got here away with the lead for the primary time within the race.
With eight laps remaining within the stage, Blaney had constructed up a greater than 3-second lead over Byron as Logano ran third. Elliott was fourth and Bowman fifth.
Warning was displayed on Lap 47 after J.J. Yeley’s No. 77 Chevrolet turned caught within the grass off Flip 6. The race returned to inexperienced with two laps to go and Blaney nonetheless main the way in which.
Kyle Busch, his playoff hopes already in peril, slowed dramatically in Flip 5 with a flat left-front tire and made his method to pit highway.
Ty Dillon, among the many first drivers within the race to alter from moist tires to slicks, held off Bell to assert the Stage 1, his third stage victory of the 2020 season.
DiBenedetto completed third, Byron fourth and Timmy Hill rounded out the top-five.
Denny Hamlin began on the pole however Keselowski bought round him within the frontstretch chicane to steer the primary lap of the race.
With 5 laps till the competitors warning, Keselowski remained out entrance adopted by Elliott and Truex.
Elliott went to the surface of Keselowski in Flip 2 on Lap eight to take the lead for the primary time. Truex remained in third and Bowyer moved to fourth.
On Lap 11, NASCAR issued a contest warning to permit groups to test tire put on and groups have been additionally debating whether or not to alter from moist to dry tires because the observe started to dry out an increasing number of.
About half the groups elected to pit for tires, however Elliott stayed out and remained within the lead. On the restart on Lap 13, Elliott was adopted by Truex and Bowyer.
Chris Buescher needed to restart from the rear of the sector as he had a crew member over the wall too quickly throughout his pit cease.
As the sector went by Turns 1 and a pair of, Truex bought round Elliott for the lead as Bowyer moved into second. Bowyer then bought previous Truex within the frontstretch chicane to seize the lead for the primary time within the race.
With 10 laps remaining within the first stage, Bowyer opened up a 1.4-second lead on Truex as Elliott remained in third.
On Lap 18, each Johnson and Bell pit underneath inexperienced for dry tires because the observe continued to dry out.
Ty Dillon, who pit throughout the competitors warning to tackle dry tires, made his method to sixth by Lap 20 and as much as second on Lap 21.
Ty Dillon went to the within of Bowyer on the backstretch to take the lead on Lap 21.
On Lap 23, a warning was displayed as John Hunter Nemechek turned caught off Flip 6 within the grass. A handful automobiles who have been nonetheless on moist tires pit underneath the warning, together with Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Truex.
The race restarted with one lap remaining within the stage and Ty Dillon nonetheless main the way in which.
Jones needed to begin the race from the rear of the sector because of unapproved changes made to his No. 20 Toyota previous to the beginning.