Chase Elliott Wins the All-Star Race and One Million Dollars

Chase Elliott Wins the All-Star Race and One Million Dollars

  • Aric Almirola
  • Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Bubba Wallace
  • Chase Elliott
  • Clint Bowyer
  • Kyle Busch
  • Matt DiBenedetto
  • Michael McDowell
  • NASCAR All-Star Race
  • NASCAR Cup Series
  • Ryan Blaney
By Nick Starling July 16, 2020 0 Comment
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With limited fans back in the stands at Bristol Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott wins his first NASCAR All-Star Race and takes the big check home back to Georgia.

Early fireworks for the All-Star Open

The All-Star Open started off with a ban. Just 17 laps into the qualifying event, Michael McDowell in the No. 34 Ford appeared to turn Bubba Wallace in the No. 43 Chevrolet into the wall, totally destroying his car.

Wallace was looking to race his way in or win the fan vote to make the All-Star Race. In his FOX interview after the crash, a very frustrated Wallace added, “What a joke [McDowell] is.”

Following the Bubba wreck, the rest of the Open was uneventful. Aric Almirola advanced after winning the first segment. Then, William Byron won the second segment which went green all 35 laps.

The third and final segment was won by last August’s Bristol runner up finisher Matt Dibenedetto. After finishing second in stage three, Clint Bowyer won the All-Star Race fan vote, making him the final driver in the All-Star Race field.

Uneventful All-Star race

The All-Star Race had some new exciting visual features to the cars that including undergrow lights and smaller numbers.

The racing on the track, for the most part, was uneventful. NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway added the traction compound to the bottom lane to help with the clean track that had no laps on it. The hope was that the high lane would rubber up throughout the race, but it stayed as a one-lane track until late into the race. Thus, the drivers were unable to use the high lane to pass other drivers for most of the race.

The first segment was dominated by Ryan Blaney who took over the lead from Alex Bowman very early in the race.

Then Kevin Harvick took over the lead on pit road to start off the second segment. Chase Elliot obtained the lead very early in the second segment and went on to win it.

After several drivers took different pit strategies, Chase Elliot worked his way back to the lead and won the third segment.

Chase Elliott led the field for the fourth and final segment and never looked back to win his first All-Star Race. Kyle Busch put together a strong run in the third and final segment to finish second. Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin wrapped up the top 5.

The NASCAR Cup Series resumes its regular season Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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