On Sunday afternoon, Chase Elliott streaked to his sixth road course victory of his career at Road America's Jockey Made in America 250 presented by Kwik Trip. Elliott started 34th, deep in the field, because of two crashes in qualifying. The crashes occurred on his attempts at a fast lap. After the clean-up there wasn't enough time left to get in a qualifying lap. Elliott worked his way through the field along with playing strategy to take the lead from Kyle Busch with 16 laps to go. Elliott pulled out to a lead and finished six seconds ahead of second place Christopher Bell #24.
When it was clear that, without any mishaps, Chase would win, a large crowd gathered around Victory Lane. A loud cheer rang out as Chase streaked by Victory Lane on the way to the checkers!
After Chase took the Checkered Flag, he celebrated with fans on his cool down lap returning to the start/finish line for a smoky burnout. Then, as he stated later, "he must not have gotten the memo" he was informed to return to Turn 5 for the TV interview. At the conclusion of the interview, the Turn 5 fans were clamoring for another Burnout. Chase gave the fans what they wanted. Unfortunately, he flattened his rear tires. Unable to maneuver the car, he was pushed around the track by a tow truck. He stopped on the main straight while his team, who had been waiting for him in Victory Lane, then changed his rear tires. Finally, Chase was able to make it to Victory Lane.
A surprise visitor to the Victory Lane celebration was the newly minted Vice Chairman of Hendrick Motorsports, Jeff Gordon, who was offering his congratulations on Chase's 13th win of his career. Shortly later, Jeff was talking to another Hall of Famer, Chase's Dad, Bill Elliott. You will notice Bill's right hand is in a cast. He was injured in a SRX Series race last week and drove in Saturday night's race at Lucas Oil Raceway.
The remaining top five finishers were as follows: Christopher Bell #20, Kyle Busch #18, Kurt Busch #1 and Denny Hamlin #11.
Here is some of the racing action that was exhibited at Road America!
In qualifying, it was William Byron #24 winning the pole with a speed of 110.359. William was also the winner of Stage 1. Unfortunately for William, he was involved a late race spin and was relegated to 33rd place.
Tyler Reddick #8 was the winner of the Second Stage and finished in the 8th position.
This was the first NASCAR Race at Road America since 1956. The crowd was large and very enthusiastic. Here is a little taste of the event.
The flyover consisted of four US Air Force T-38 Talons and the men that flew them.
Congratulations to Chase Elliot and the entire Hendrick Motorsports team for a great race. Road America and the entire staff deserve kudos for their work in ensuring all the fans had a great time.
After two spins during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 150 at Road America, Kyle Busch came from the back of the field to take his 101st Series win. Kyle took the lead with four laps to go and never looked back. This is Kyles fourth win in four attempts this season.
The field was led to the green by pole winner Ty Gibbs. Ty, later, had transmission problems and was forced from the race.
AJ Allmendinger #16, led much of the early race winning both stage 1 and 2 eventually finishing fourth.
Into the latter stages of the race, the aggressiveness seemed to tick up with several crashes, which eliminated several good race cars. This allowed Kyle Busch to get away from the pack and take a substantial lead to the checkers. Here are some images of the race action.
Daniel Hemric, Michael Annett, AJ Allmendinger and Harrison Burton filled out the top five.
Earlier in the day, the Cup Series held one of the few practices it has held this season. It was supposed to be a fifty minute practice, but was interrupted by several racing incidents. Two of these crashes caused Kyle Busch and Ryan Preece to pull out the back up cars. They will be forced to start from the back of the field. Due to the stoppages, NASCAR added 5 minutes to the practice. It was Kurt Busch in the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet winning practice.
Here is some more action from the practice session.
The Cup cars will qualify Sunday morning, followed by the early afternoon start of the Jockey Made in the USA 250 Presented by Kwik Trip.
Today, was our reacquaint yourself with a road course day. As in the past, the racetrack was looking spectacular! Upon our arrival the Trans Am cars were practicing. Unfortunately, by the time we accomplished all of our set-up duties, practice was completed. We should be able to watch and report on some Trans Am racing on Saturday.
There was a fifty minute practice session for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Austin Cindric won practice with a time/speed of 135.096/107.87 mph. He was almost a second faster than Jeb Burton's #10 Chevrolet. Justin Allgaier,#7, was third, followed by #16 AJ Allmemdinger and #18 Daniel Hemric.
During this practice session several drivers experienced issues:
#9-Noah Gragson blew an engine
#98-Riley Herbst hit the wall and will go to a backup car
#8-Sam Mayer hit the wall
#26-Kris Wright and #74-Bayley Currey wheel hopped and spun into gravel traps
#17-Cody Ware and #51-Jeremy Clements went off track
#07-Josh Bilicki stalled on track
#4-Landon Cassell and #39-Ryan Sieg made contact.
While approaching the Carousel a few other drivers had small issues. Here is Ty Gibbs getting slightly off track.
And Daniel Hemric:
Tomorrow, there will be more Trans Am action, Xfinity Series Qualifications, Cup practice and the Xfinity Series Henry 180 race. The anticipation for action is very high. Here is a little more of today's action.