Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Chase Elliott led 60 of the 140 laps en route to the $1.1 million dollar paycheck Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR All-Star Race. Not only did the special All-Star win fatten Elliott’s wallet, it also righted the No. 9 team’s line of sight on the championship.
“There’s nothing like Bristol. There is nothing like the lights here. There is nothing like racing here. I’ve never won here – what a race to do it,” a smiling Elliott said after climbing of his Chevrolet. “Just really proud of our team tonight and rebounding. We have had a really tough couple of weeks and just felt like we had kind of gotten off base and I felt like I was struggling.
“Just tried to hit the reset button this week and came out and put on a great performance – great car. Just can’t thank all our partners enough, everybody that makes this happen. All those No. 9 hats and t-shirts up in the stands – love to see it.”
He and his father Bill Elliott join the father/son combination of Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to have won the sport’s midseason All-Star exhibition. Interestingly, Bill Elliott won the race when it was held in Atlanta and Chase’s victory at the half-mile Bristol, Tenn. short track are the only two times the event was held at a track other than Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Heading to Texas this weekend Elliott and the No. 9 team will look to keep the success flowing. In eight starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Elliott has posted two top fives and five top 10s.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!