Chase Elliott won the Phoenix finale, winning his first Series Cup championship
Chase Elliott won her first NASCAR Cup Series title on Sunday, beating the remaining Championship 4 contenders in the season-ending race at Phoenix Raceway.
Elliott led the highest race of 154 out of 312 laps at the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet No. 9 to win the Season Finale 500 and this title purely. His fifth win of the season was his first win at the 1 mile Arizona track and was his 11th win of his Cup Series career.
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The race was dominated by Championship 4 riders, who ran 1-2-3-4 for many parts of the event and ended that way, with Brad Keselowski in second, Joey Logano in third and Denny Hamlin finished fourth. Hamlin was the only qualified driver who did not take the lead; The other three candidates all stumbled on two digits in the top column of the race.
Just behind the fourth, seven-time League Cup champion Jimmie Johnson finished his final full-time season in fifth place. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet No. 48 has been recognized during pre-race ceremonies, and a number of his competitors put on a hat that says “One Final Time” to commemorate the event.
Elliott, his teammate, was set to start from a turret position, but fell behind the field before starting after his No. 9 Chevrolet failed in a pre-race second test. times. He quickly regained some of his lost, entered the top 20 in the first nine rounds and broke the top 10 with 26 rounds in the book.
Logano won the first leg, and Keselowski was beaten by Elliott in the second leg. But Keselowski’s bid is hampered by slow pit stops on rare occasions. His No. 2 team Penske lost four points on the Stage 2 vacation, then lost their place in the final round of the blue flag hole, finishing fourth out of four titles.
The race was also the final event for Chad Knaus, who helped Johnson win seven crew captain titles worthy of Hall of Fame. He will become Hendrick Motorsports vice president of competition after the season.
Clint Bowyer also finished his Cup Series career, placing 14th in the Stewart-Haas Racing Ford No. 14 race. Phoenix marked his last event before he moved to FOX Sports and its broadcast team. next season.
The next Cup Series race is the Daytona 500 2021, scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 14 – 98 days from now.
This story will be updated.