Elliott Wins at Talladega with Help from Teammates


Chase Elliott won the Geico 500 from Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon to pick up his fourth career victory.

Elliott ran up front for most of the race, and he was able to work his way around Joey Logano for the lead following a late restart with four laps remaining.  Elliott was in the lead when a caution for a wreck in the back of the pack ended the race.

Elliott said the victory was a testament to the teamwork all the Chevrolet drivers had throughout the race.

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“We just had a plan and executed it really well,” Elliott said.  “Obviously could have gone both ways, but fortunately everyone stayed together there and stayed the course.”

Before the race, all the Chevrolet drivers were sat down and told to work together, much like the Ford and Toyota drivers have done to success in past races at Daytona and Talladega.  The drivers formulated a game plan that was successfully implemented, as Chevrolet drivers from Hendrick Motorsports, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing and Richard Childress Racing ran up front for most of the day.

Elliott said he was appreciative of the teamwork that helped him get to victory lane.

“Just a huge thanks to…Chevrolet,” Elliott said.  “Obviously a lot of teamwork done today.”

Alex Bowman was running second behind his teammate when the caution came out, but said he would have made a move to try and get around Elliott had the race gone green to the end.

“There was no plan coming off turn 4, but unfortunately we didn’t get there before the caution came out,” Bowman said.  “I was pretty confident I could get to his quarter-panel through the trioval, and who knows who’s going to get to the line first at that point.”

Unofficial results:

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Alex Bowman
  3. Ryan Preece
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Daniel Hemric
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Ryan Newman
  8. Brendan Gaughan
  9. Aric Almirola
  10. Kyle Busch
  11. Corey LaJoie
  12. Daniel Suarez
  13. Brad Keselowski
  14. Austin Dillon
  15. Ryan Blaney
  16. Paul Menard
  17. Ty Dillon
  18. Reed Sorenson
  19. Erik Jones
  20. Martin Truex Jr.
  21. William Byron
  22. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  23. David Ragan
  24. Kyle Larson
  25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  26. Ross Chastain
  27. Parker Kligerman
  28. Cody Ware
  29. Clint Bowyer
  30. Chris Buescher
  31. Matt DiBenedetto
  32. Justin Haley
  33. Jimmie Johnson
  34. Landon Cassill
  35. Stanton Barrett
  36. Denny Hamlin
  37. Matt Tifft
  38. Kevin Harvick
  39. Bubba Wallace
  40. Michael McDowell