Chase Elliott joins elite list with Atlanta win

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Chase Elliott celebrates winning at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series returned to the Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10 for a hot mini-racing. Chase Elliott won his hometown race cautiously after taking the white flag and he joined an elite list that included his father.

This win, which was Elliott’s first at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, made him only the second member of the family to win at the Georgia circuit. Bill Elliott has won five times at AMS during his Hall of Fame career. This win also makes the Elliotts the third father-son duo to win at the track. Ned and Dale Jarrett are one-time winners each at AMS. Dale Earnhardt won nine times at the track while Dale Earnhardt Jr. won once.

“It’s so close and dear to your heart to have success so close to home,” Elliott said after the race ended, transcript provided by PRN. “Being here on the winning lane is a big deal for me. We want to enjoy it, these are hard to come by.”

Elliott is the first driver in the 2022 season to win three. He entered the race at the weekend against Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain and William Byron. He walked away with his third win and 20 playoff points total.

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Elliott hit a major goal at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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GettyChase Elliott scanned all three stages at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Joining the elite list wasn’t the only way to get Elliott to turn heads. He also scored a unique record that dominated the first 18 races of the Gen 7 era of Cup Series action.

Elliott was the first driver in the 2022 season to sweep the first two stages of the race before capturing the checkered flag. Every other driver failed, including Martin Truex Jr. (Daytona 500, Nashville Superspeedway) and Tyler Reddick (Auto Club Speedway). Elliott also scanned the opening stages at the Martinsville Speedway before William Byron won.

This performance is very important to Elliott. He went away with seven playoff points, which only helped him build a stepping stone in the regular-season standings. He is currently seven points ahead of Chastain, who finished the second day overall after launching multiple wrecks.

While Elliott completed the first two legs, he was not at the top of the table in the final reboot. He’s actually in second row behind Corey LaJoie and Martin Truex Jr. Elliott had to use an aggressive move to jump to the lead, and then he had to block LaJoie’s 7 after the white flag waved. The move sent the number 7 into the wall and kicking the wreck, triggering the final caution and ending the race.


Elliott now has 4 seasons with more than 3 wins

The Dawsonville native is firmly in the playoff standings and he’s well on his way to winning the regular season title. If he can hit this target, he’ll land another 15 bonus points, which equates to three wins and will likely automatically land him in Round 12.

The 2022 season now marks the fourth time in Elliott’s career that he has visited Victory Lane three or more times. He didn’t win in his first two full-time seasons with Hendrick Motorsports, but he did win three times in 2018 and 2019. Elliott had five more wins in 2020 before he took it. won the Cup Series championship.

2021 was a “down year” for Elliott as he won the title only twice, but he still achieved four championships for the second consecutive season. Now he’s on his way to another deep playoff after winning his third race in 2022. He’s also just one win away from edging out Kyle Larson, Marvin Panch and Curtis Turner in All time winning list.

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