Chase Elliott started first for the final 15-lap shootout of NASCAR’s All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and no one could catch him.
The No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports driver won his first All-Star Race after holding off Kyle Busch, who finished second, in the final laps of the exhibition event. And with the checkered flag, he also won the $1 million prize. It was Elliott’s first win at the .533-mile Tennessee short track — even though there are no points attached to this race — and he and his father, Bill Elliott, are now the second father-son duo to win the All-Star Race, following Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
And, as Fox Sports’ Jeff Gordon noted during the race broadcast, the Elliotts have now won the only two All-Star Races not held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since the race’s inception in 1985, it’s been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway every year, with the exception of the 1986 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which Bill Elliott won. After the race, Elliott seemed speechless for a moment as the crowd of about 20,000 cheered for the reigning most popular driver.
Elliott told Fox Sports: “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it. What a better night to have fans back than tonight. I mean, y’all are awesome. There’s nothing like Bristol, there’s nothing like the lights here, there’s nothing like racing here. Never won here. What a race to do it.
“Just really proud of our team tonight and rebounding. We’ve had a really tough couple of weeks and just felt like we had kind of gotten off base and felt like I was struggling and just trying to hit the reset button this week and came out and put on a great performance, great car.”
About the fans, he continued: “There’s no feeling like it. Nothing like it. This speaks for itself, and like I said, Bristol is an electric atmosphere that is unlike any other that we go to. So couldn’t be more excited. We’re going to celebrate this one for sure. And we’ll take that million dollars back to Georgia, why don’t we?”