Monday, August 15, 2022

Chase Elliott Holds Off an Ultra-Fast Kyle Busch For Stage 1 Win at Bristol


RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 12: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, prepares for the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 12, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott may have won the battle and took the Stage 1 win in Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, but Kyle Busch looks like the driver who very well could end up winning the war.

Elliott passed Brad Keselowski for the lead with 21 laps left in Stage 1 and never looked back, except for when he peeked into his rear view mirror.

Kyle Busch started in the rear of the field after his No. 18 car failed pre-race inspection multiple times. Under the caution at lap 28, Busch was also blocked in his pit stall by Daniel Suarez. All of that adversity couldn’t stifle Busch as he sliced through the field to finish second in Stage 1.

Busch entered the night 18 points above the Playoff cut line and is looking to advance to the Round of 12.

Kevin Harvick, the series point leader, was third in the Stage, while Alex Bowman and Christopher Bell were fourth and fifth.

Kurt Busch, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Bubba Wallace rounded out the top-10 in Stage 1.

Matt DiBenedetto rolled the dice and took two tires on pit road to gain track position, but by the end of the Stage, the fresher tires rolled right past him. The driver of the No. 21, who is looking to find a way to advance in the Playoffs, finished 12th in Stage 1.

Ryan Blaney and Cole Custer were the two Playoff drivers who finished outside the top-20 in Stage 1 as Blaney was 23rd and Custer 24th.

Stage and Playoff Points Awarded in Stage 1:

Finish Driver Stage Points Playoff Points
1 Chase Elliott 10 1
2 Kyle Busch 9 0
3 Kevin Harvick 8 0
4 Alex Bowman 7 0
5 Christopher Bell 6 0
6 Kurt Busch 5 0
7 William Byron 4 0
8 Brad Keselowski 3 0
9 Joey Logano 2 0
10 Bubba Wallace 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 a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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