At Darlington, S.C.

Chase Elliott wins again in Darlington

jutter@charlotteobserver.comApril 11, 2014 

— Someone might think there is another fire in Dawsonville, Ga., this week but not to worry.

It’s just Chase Elliott winning another NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

For the second consecutive week, Elliott, the 18-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Bill Elliott, out-dueled several Sprint Cup series veterans on his way to a win, becoming the youngest driver to win two series races.

The win by no means came easy. During the race’s final caution, Elliott came off pit road in sixth after a slow pit stop but quickly made up ground.

He got side-by-side with leader Elliott Sadler on the final lap and completed an impressive pass for a victory in Friday night’s VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway.

“Holy cow, I don’t know (how I did that). That was crazy,” Elliott said after the race in Victory Lane. “That had to be fun to watch. It was fun to be a part of.”

Soon after the victory, the Dawsonville Pool Hall – which traditionally blasted a siren when Chase’s father won races – turned on the siren for the second consecutive weekend for Chase.

“It’s been an unbelievable opportunity running at JR Motorsports. I couldn’t believe it after last week, much less this week at Darlington,” Chase said.

“I’m just blessed to be here right now. It’s just unreal. Unreal.”

Sadler finished second, Matt Kenseth was third, Kyle Busch was fourth and pole-winner Joey Logano was fifth.

Elliott continues to lead the series points standings and holds a 13-point advantage over his JR Motorsports teammate, Regan Smith.

Sadler had come off pit road first on the final pit stop thanks to a two-tire pit call. He managed to hold off the field through the first lap but his No. 11 Toyota got loose off Turn 2 on the final lap.

“I was just trying to hold on to it but Chase had a lot of momentum coming on the outside,” Sadler said. “I got a lot second-place finishes here in Nationwide and Cup. I just can’t seem to pull off the win.”

The race featured 13 lead changes among six drivers. Kyle Busch led the most laps (84).

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