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.