Elliott Ends Round of 12 with Roval Victory


Chase Elliott won the Bank of America ROVAL 400 from the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course to win his fourth-straight road course race.

Elliott was a favorite going into the race after winning last year’s event at the Roval, and he was able to pull away from the field on a late restart to pick up his third victory of the year.

Already in a good position to make the next round of the Playoffs, Elliott was able to lock himself into the next round with the victory and pick up five additional Playoff Points for the next round.

Elliott said he wasn’t focused on his points position heading into the Round of 12 finale.

“I feel like you start playing the points game and you can get yourself in trouble,” Elliott said.  “Best way to get to the next round is to win, so hopefully we can do something with it.”

Elliott had a dominant car in 2019, and drove up through the field after an accident while leading.

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This year, Elliott said his team brought an even better car than the one he took to victory lane last year.

“I tweaked on some small things and got a little better than what I was here last year, which was good,” Elliott said.  “I feel like road courses have been fortunate to us the last few trips.”

The race saw the bottom four drivers eliminated from Playoff contention.  Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola each saw their championship hopes come to an end.

Busch, the reigning Cup Series Champion, said his team just continued to be off throughout the Playoffs like they had been during the year.

“Nothing’s played out or has been on our side,” Busch said.  “Terrible year for me, but as other sports greats would say, there’s many other drivers that would love to have a year that we’re having.”

“I knew this round was going to be trouble with the year that we had, and I was right.”

Unofficial results:

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Erik Jones
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. William Byron
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Alex Bowman
  9. Cole Custer
  10. Clint Bowyer
  11. Kevin Harvick
  12. Tyler Reddick
  13. Jimmie Johnson
  14. Ryan Preece
  15. Denny Hamlin
  16. Aric Almirola
  17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  18. Brad Keselowski
  19. Austin Dillon
  20. Chris Buescher
  21. Bubba Wallace
  22. Matt DiBenedetto
  23. Ty Dillon
  24. Christopher Bell
  25. Daniel Suarez
  26. Gray Gaulding
  27. Corey LaJoie
  28. Quin Houff
  29. James Davison
  30. Kyle Busch
  31. Ryan Newman
  32. Michael McDowell
  33. Josh Bilicki
  34. Matt Kenseth
  35. JJ Yeley
  36. John Hunter Nemechek
  37. Brennan Poole
  38. Timmy Hill