Chase Elliott continued his outstanding run of form in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season, a final lap charge past Ryan Blaney at Talladega meaning he took his fifth win of the year and advanced to the Round of 8.
“Yeah, it was a wild last couple laps,” Elliott is quoted on the official Hendrick Motorsports website. “I wasn’t super crazy about being on the bottom. Fortunately, I got just clear enough off of two to slide up in front of Erik (Jones). He gave me some great shoves. Obviously. a Team Chevy partner there.
“Had a good enough run to get out front, then I was able to stay far enough in front of Ryan (Blaney) here at the line to get it done.”
ELLIOTT EDGES BLANEY AT THE LINE TO WIN! #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/NOzWSv9WyX
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) October 2, 2022
Importantly, Elliott’s 18th victory of his Cup Series career means the Hendrick Motorsports driver advances to Round of 8 of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs
“This is great momentum for him,” added team owner Rick Hendrick. “This race means a lot to Chase. It was great to see the fans excited. It was a heck of a race.”
Elliott now leads the points standings with fellow Hendrick team driver Kyle Larson sitting pretty in sixth and is +18 on the cutoff line.
There remains work to do for William Byron and Alex Bowman, who are 10th and 12th respectively in the standings as the season next moves to the Charlotte ROVAL on Sunday, October 9.
Let’s go! @chaseelliott’s second win at @TALLADEGA. pic.twitter.com/ts0IDKZyA2
— Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) October 2, 2022
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