Monday, October 2, 2023

Chase Elliott Wins Stage 1 of Cup Series Race at the Daytona Road Course

LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 02: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, prepares for the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 02, 2020 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott took his sixth Stage Win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday in Stage 1 of the Go Bowling 235 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Elliott inherited the lead when Martin Truex Jr. opted to pit before the end of Stage 1 as part of his overall race strategy.

Chase Elliott has been a road course ace in his young NASCAR Cup Series career as he has three wins in 10-career NCS starts on road races. He will look to add to that total in the first-ever Cup Series race at the Daytona Road Course.

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Joey Logano finished Stage 1 in the runner up spot, while Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Matt DiBenedetto capped off the top-five.

Erik Jones, William Byron, Truex, Cole Custer and Ryan Preece rounded out the top-10 finishers in Stage 1 on Sunday.

Denny Hamlin received a left front tire rub after battling with his teammate Truex for the lead. This led to an extended pit stop from Hamlin for repairs. Hamlin finished the Stage in 12th.

Kyle Busch had issues flat-spotting tires early in the Stage, which led to an unscheduled pit stop. Busch would end the Stage in 26th, but he is on the lead lap.

As the Stage was ending, Alex Bowman suffered a flat tire, which forced him to limp to pit road. Bowman will start Stage 2 in 38th, one lap off the pace.

Stage and Playoff Points Awarded in Stage 1:

Finish Driver Stage Points Playoff Points
1 Chase Elliott 10 1
2 Joey Logano 9 0
3 Jimmie Johnson 8 0
4 Clint Bowyer 7 0
5 Matt DiBenedetto 6 0
6 Erik Jones 5 0
7 William Byron 4 0
8 Martin Truex Jr. 3 0
9 Cole Custer 2 0
10 Ryan Preece 1 0
Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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