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Chase Elliott outduels Joey Logano for XFINITY win at Daytona

Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Feb. 20, 2016
By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The finish of Saturday’s Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway left winner Chase Elliott out of gas on the cool-down lap and runner-up Joey Logano pounding his steering wheel in frustration.

But it was the high-speed chess game seconds before the first and second-place cars crossed the finish line that made all the difference.

Fearing he wouldn’t get help from Kasey Kahne, Elliott’s JR Motorsports teammate, Logano pushed Elliott clear of the pack on the final lap, hoping to make a move to the outside as the cars sped off Turn 4.

But when Logano went high, Elliott moved to his right, and repeated contact between Elliott’s No. 88 Chevrolet and Logano’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford—hard enough to pound a deep dent into Elliott’s right rear quarter panel—broke Logano’s momentum and allowed the No. 88 to cross the stripe .043 seconds ahead of the No. 22.

“He blocked it—I got there a little bit late,” Logano acknowledged. “And then I got hooked on his right rear, and that’s what killed my momentum… That contact just stopped

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Darrell Wallace Jr, driver of the #6 Selfeo Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace Jr, driver of the #6 Selfeo Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

my car.”

So the pole winner for Sunday’s Daytona 500 (on FOX at 1 p.m. ET) beat the winner of the 2015 Daytona 500 by a small fraction of a second, and Logano was runner-up for the third time during Speedweeks, having run second to Denny Hamlin in last Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited and second to JR Motorsports co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Thursday’s first Can-Am Duel. 

Kasey Kahne finished third and XFINITY regular Elliott Sadler fourth in the season opener, as JR Motorsports grabbed three of the top four positions. Austin Dillon ran fifth, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr. and rookie Brandon Jones.

“That was a heck of a battle, man,” said Elliott, who survived early contact during a six-car incident on Lap 13 and rallied to win his first XFINITY race at Daytona and the fifth of his career. “I had such a great car, and we just found ourselves in the right place at the right time.

“Luckily we just barely had enough to get in front of Joey there.”

Elliott duly impressed his car owner, an acknowledged superstar when it comes to restrictor-plate racing.

“Chase obviously did what he had to do there at the end of the race,” Earnhardt said. “I thought that was very gutsy to be able to really put such an aggressive block on the 22… He did what he had to do to keep the guy behind him, and it won him the

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Chase Elliott, driver of the #88 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet, celebrates winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #88 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet, celebrates winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

race. 

“I’m proud of Chase. It’s such a cool thing to be a part of his career. He’s going to do some amazing stuff in his career, and it’s awesome to be a little part of it.”

After Ray Black Jr. stalled on the backstretch to cause the fourth caution of the race on Lap 102 of 120, ending a 76-lap green-flag run, Logano led the field to green on Lap 108 with Elliott beside him. While Sadler pushed Elliott to the lead, Logano got hung out of line and drifted back.

Forced to fight back to the front over the final 11 laps, Logano got a strong push in the outside lane from Kahne, who in turn was getting a strong push from Dillon. Logano didn’t get back to the front until the final lap, when he opted to push Elliott and tried to make a last-ditch move. 

“It’s three races and three seconds, and I guess it is nothing to hold your head down about, but, gosh, when you see the lead that many times and are that close to winning and don’t pull it off, it’s frustrating,” Logano said.

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – PowerShares QQQ 300
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
Saturday, February 20, 2016

               1. (19) Chase Elliott(i), Chevrolet, 120

               2. (8) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 120

               3. (15) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 120

               4. (10) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 120

               5. (4) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 120

               6. (12) Darrell Wallace Jr, Ford, 120

               7. (7) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 120

               8. (2) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 120

               9. (9) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 120

               10. (6) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 120

               11. (24) Aric Almirola(i), Ford, 120

               12. (16) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 120

               13. (1) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 120

               14. (18) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 120

               15. (37) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 119

               16. (11) Ryan Reed, Ford, 119

               17. (14) John Wes Townley(i), Chevrolet, 119

               18. (23) David Starr, Toyota, 119

               19. (28) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 119

               20. (25) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 119

               21. (20) Matt Tifft(i), Toyota, 119

               22. (36) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 118

               23. (3) Bobby Labonte(i), Toyota, 118

               24. (38) BJ McLeod #, Ford, 118

               25. (21) Jeb Burton, Ford, 118

               26. (29) Anthony Kumpen, Chevrolet, 118

               27. (13) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 117

               28. (35) Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, 117

               29. (30) Scott Lagasse Jr, Chevrolet, 117

               30. (33) Eric McClure, Chevrolet, 117

               31. (5) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 115

               32. (39) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 114

               33. (32) Ray Black Jr #, Chevrolet, 114

               34. (17) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 111

               35. (22) Benny Gordon, Toyota, Transmission, 103

               36. (26) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 59

               37. (40) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Transmission, 50

               38. (34) Martin Roy, Chevrolet, Accident, 22

               39. (27) Bobby Gerhart, Chevrolet, Accident, 6

               40. (31) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, Accident, 5 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  151.176 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 59 Mins, 04 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.043 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  4 for 17 laps.

Lead Changes:  19 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   T. Dillon 0; A. Dillon(i) 1-2; J. Logano(i) 3-14; C. Elliott(i) 15-18; B. Gaughan 19; A. Dillon(i) 20-21; B. Gaughan 22-26; K. Kahne(i) 27; A. Dillon(i) 28; T. Dillon 29-30; K. Kahne(i) 31-56; J. Nemechek(i) 57-58; A. Almirola(i) 59-67; B. Gaughan 68-70; K. Kahne(i) 71-73; J. Logano(i) 74-95; C. Elliott(i) 96; E. Sadler 97-100; J. Logano(i) 101-106; C. Elliott(i) 107-120.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Logano(i) 3 times for 40 laps; K. Kahne(i) 3 times for 30 laps; C. Elliott(i) 3 times for 19 laps; A. Almirola(i) 1 time for 9 laps; B. Gaughan 3 times for 9 laps; A. Dillon(i) 3 times for 5 laps; E. Sadler 1 time for 4 laps; T. Dillon 1 time for 2 laps; J. Nemechek(i) 1 time for 2 laps.

Top 10 in Points: E. Sadler – 38; D. Wallace Jr – 35; B. Jones # – 34; D. Suarez – 33; B. Koch – 32; B. Gaughan – 32; J. Allgaier – 29; T. Dillon – 29; D. Armstrong – 27; J. Clements – 26.

Elliott Going for a Second All American 400 Guitar this October

(Bruce Nuttleman Photo)
(Bruce Nuttleman Photo)

(Nashville Tenn) With an open day from his NASCAR schedule which happened to coincide with one of the most prestigious short track races in the country, Chase Elliott found an opportunity to race that he couldn’t pass up.

Elliott, the 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, is throwing his hat back in the short track ring on October 4 at the All American 400 at Tennessee’s Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. The 2013 winner of the All American 400, Elliott already has one of the track’s famed guitar trophies to his credit and will be making the trip to Nashville from the NASCAR XFINITY event in Dover, Delaware that weekend in search of a second.

“Nashville is a super-cool track,” Elliott told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It’s a unique facility. We’ve been fortunate enough to go up there a couple times and won the 400 back in 2013.

“We race on Saturday in Dover (in the XFINITY Series) and I just saw an opportunity to go. I know that moving forward to next year that Sunday may not be open with the (NASCAR Sprint) Cup race being on Sunday, so this may be my last opportunity to do that race for a little while.”

Elliott has competed in the All American 400 on two previous occasions, finishing second in the ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of the event in 2010 and winning the 2013 Southern Super Series AA400. This will be the first time that Elliott will compete in a Pro Late Model version of the AA400 and victory remains his main objective.

Chase Elliot (Bruce Nuttleman Photo)
Chase Elliot (Bruce Nuttleman Photo)

“It definitely is about going and having fun and having an opportunity to go short track racing, but being a racer you want to go win,” said Elliott. “The main goal is to try to win the race. Nashville is known for giving out the guitar and I think that’s one of the coolest trophies you can have. I’d love to go back and get one.”

Logistically, Elliott already has plans to venture from Dover to Nashville in time for the October 4 race day, but he will need a little bit of help from another racer to get his No. 9 Pro Late Model dialed in and qualified.

“I’m trying to find somebody to practice and qualify the car while I’m in Dover,” added Elliott. “Hopefully whoever will be driving the car can get it good and close for Sunday so we can go out there and have a good day. We’ll try to make the right decisions to put a good weekend together.”

Elliott will take on the top Pro Late Model drivers in the nation in the 31st Annual All American 400 on Sunday October 4 at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee.

The All American 400 weekend kicks off on Friday, October 2 with an optional afternoon full of practice for the AA400 Late Models and the track’s local divisions that will be competing throughout the weekend.

On-track activity officially kicks off on Saturday, October 3 with practice and Pro Late Model AA400 qualifying. The 28 fastest drivers in qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s feature, while the rest will attempt to qualify for the race through Saturday night’s AA400 100-lap Last Chance Race. Adding to the excitement for Saturday night is a 40-lap Limited Late Model feature as well.