DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – No tell, no qualifying, contemporary direction. No disclose for Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Dart Elliott.
The 24-yr extinct Elliott gave a not-so-subtle reminder Sunday afternoon in the NASCAR Cup Sequence debut on the Daytona World Speedway Toll road Path that he’s one in all the sport’s most attention-grabbing that which you can perhaps presumably have on the technical road circuits, even detect unseen as used to be the case this week.
Dazzling prior to a caution flag with five laps closing, Elliott had pulled out to a 10-2nd revenue on the field. He grew to alter into in an very perfect restart and drove three most attention-grabbing closing laps in his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to in the terminate private off Denny Hamlin by .202-2nd to capture the Scramble Bowling 235. It is a ways Elliott’s third consecutive road direction capture courting lend a hand to closing yr.
“Dazzling had a truly perfect automotive bigger than one thing, not particular I did one thing particular as we deliver time,” a humble Elliott stated. “No doubt fortunate from that standpoint. Had a decent week of preparation and came out and genuinely performed on the bolt.”’
Elliott stated he used to be infrequently surprised in regards to the late-bolt restart and prepared for it.
“To me used to be not when, nevertheless how many green-white checkers we had been going to ought to connect up out in a row and being higher at executing those,” Elliott stated. “Any capture at Daytona is particular. [Crew chief] Alan [Gustafson] and I had been joking that we needed to commerce it to a road direction to capture at Daytona. … Dazzling a mammoth day.”
And a finely performed bolt for Elliott to higher the sport’s most attention-grabbing road direction drivers.
Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. executed third adopted by seven-time NASCAR Cup Sequence champion Jimmie Johnson and Chris Buescher. Clint Bowyer, Kaz Grala (who used to be substituting for Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet), William Byron, Joey Logano and Michael McDowell performed the tip 10 in a bolt so comfy and expertly handled that it more closely resembled an age-extinct venue than a predominant-time discuss over with on a stressful 3.61-mile, 14-flip direction.
“Let’s make sure that we don’t explore cherish a bunch of dummies there in Flip 1,” Hamlin stated of a pre-bolt conversation with fellow drivers in regards to the contemporary venue. “We made particular we saved it lovely to start after which which you can perhaps presumably net your bearings about you after you slip about a laps. No doubt, it’s one in all the those tracks the set it’s not mammoth technical alternatively it certainly rewards the guys that function the most attention-grabbing ways on road courses.”
The feeble NASCAR Cup Sequence drivers straight away achieve on a utilizing deliver that gave the impression as if they’d long raced on the circuit – which contains a decent infield road direction as successfully as Daytona World Speedway’s more infamous excessive-banked turns.
Elliott has proven himself a road direction well-liked though he’s only in his fifth fulltime season. He led the most laps – 34 of the 65 – and received the first stage on Sunday with Hamlin winning the 2nd stage. Exterior of celebrated pit stops, Elliott used to be both main or about to steer all afternoon main to Elliott’s eighth profession capture and 2nd of the season – matching a victory in Could perhaps at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“I proper desired to connect up him moral and it gave the impression cherish the nearer we got the more his automotive used to be both wheel-hopping or sliding the entrance tires, so we had been not lower than conserving him moral there to invent him push his automotive and construct the victory,” stated Hamlin, a five-bolt winner in 2020 and driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Championship points chief and 6-bolt winner Kevin Harvick had an eventful day in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford – contact with but any other automotive whereas working end to the entrance after which but any other bound later in the bolt. He executed 17th nevertheless amassed leads the championship by 118 points over Hamlin.
Passable three races stay to space the 16-driver NASCAR Cup Sequence Playoff field. Byron is in the 16th situation with a 25-point edge over his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Johnson and a 35-point revenue over 18th space Erik Jones with a doubleheader weekend scheduled next week on the one-mile Dover (Del.) World Speedway prior to the sequence returns to the Daytona 2.5-mile superspeedway for the celebrated season finale.
— NASCAR Wire Provider —
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