NASCAR Cup Series
Chase Elliott Charges to Victory at Nashville Superspeedway
Jun 27, 2022
It was a late night Sunday night in Tennessee, but NASCAR got the Cup Series event at Nashville Superspeedway in as planned. Here are statistics and notes from there and elsewhere in the racing world this weekend.
- With Chase Elliott winning Sunday in Nashville, it continues an interesting streak of Hendrick Motorsports victories in the Music City. One year ago, Kyle Larson won in the Cup Series' return to Nashville. In the final NASCAR Cup Series event at the Nashville Fairgrounds in 1984, Geoff Bodine won driving for Hendrick.
- Toyota led all but 46 laps at Nashville, but the Chevrolet of Chase Elliott went to victory lane for the second time this season. Elliott is the overall points leader at this point thanks to a series of solid finishes. Elliott, Ross Chastain and Kyle Busch all have 11 top-10 finishes in 17 races. The win is the 15th for Elliott in the Cup Series.
- Justin Allgaier led a race-high 134 of the 188 laps Saturday in the NASCAR Xfinity Series to score the sixth win of the season for JR Motorsports. Riley Herbst tied a season-best third-place finish and also picked up his 10th top-10 run of the season. The run ended a two race skid of finishes 25th or worse. Sam Mayer also recorded his eighth top-five finish of the 2022 season.
- Ryan Preece seems to have something figured out at Nashville, as his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory marked the second-straight win for the non-Truck regular on Friday night. Preece marked the fifth straight race where a non-truck regular had taken the checkered flag.
- Tony Stewart picked up his first win of the season and third overall in the second week of the 2022 SRX Series. The race at South Boston featured lots of beating and banging more so than last week’s race at Five Flags. Helio Castroneves, Ryan Newman and Bobby Labonte all posted top five runs for the second week in a row. While Helio Castroneves is out and will be replaced by Justin Marks this weekend, will see if those streaks continue at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT).
- After 50 starts, Hunter Robbins is finally a Southern Super Series winner. It took a trip to Tri-County Speedway (NC) for the first win to come, but it was a dominant performance once the red number 18 of Robbins took the lead. The 100-lap win leaves him in the mix for the season-long championship.
- William Sawalich became the first driver to win more than once on the CARS Tour Pro Late Model schedule after he picked up the win at Tri-County Speedway (NC). Sawalich also won the race at Hickory a few weeks back. Luke Fenhaus posted another top five finish to keep the points lead. His average finish after five races is a 3.0 in all events.
- A victory by Tim Brackett at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) is nothing new, but when you have been doing it as long as he has it’s something special. Tim Brackett picked up his 44th Super Late Model win at Oxford over the weekend, but more impressively, it was the 22nd year in which he has won a feature event at the track. That leaves his third behind Mike Rowe and Al Hammond who each have 24 seasons with a win.
- Johnny Clark kept his red hot streak alive by winning again at Seekonk Speedway (MA). Clark has now won four times including four of his last six starts in the PASS Series at Seekonk. It also marks the 16th season in which Clark has won at least one race on the PASS tour. The win also marks his third-straight podium finish of the year.
- The long awaited return of the ACT tour to the Canadian side was worth the wait if it was your home soil. Canadian drivers locked down seven of the top 10 positions with Jonathan Bouvette taking the win over William Larue and Dany Trepanier. DJ Shaw was able to finish fourth, the lone bright spot for the Americans. The border wars seem to be back in full force.
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