Kyle Larson out-runs Chase Elliott at The Glen

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Chase Elliott ran a great race, Sunday, at Watkins Glen International, but Kyle Larson ran a near-flawless one. Larson exited pit road ahead of then race leader, Martin Truex Jr., on Lap 57, and cycled to the lead on Lap 65. From that point on, it was a matter of running a mistake-free race. At least, until […] READ MORE


Three Big Stories: Road America

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The more things change, the more stay the same. The NASCAR Cup Series returned to Road America for the first time in 65 years. During the Jockeys Made in America 250, Chase Elliott added to his case of being NASCAR’s all-time best road course racer. Denny Hamlin escaped Wisconsin, still the points leader. NASCAR still refuses to […] READ MORE


NASCAR: Debut at Circuit of the Americas a mixed bag

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The three NASCAR national touring series raced at Circuit of the Americas for the first time ever this past weekend and the results were mixed. NASCAR, and its efforts to diversify its national touring schedules, rolled through Austin, Texas this past weekend to compete at the Circuit of the Americas. The treacherous 3.4-mile track has […] READ MORE


How NASCAR drivers prepare for dirt racing

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — As the laps wound down, Friday, Kyle Larson set his sights on race leader Chris Ferguson. To catch him, he all but banzai’d his way through the turns. To the point he about hit the Turn 4 wall multiple times. Alas, Larson ran out of laps and finished runner-up in the Super Late Model […] READ MORE


Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney collide on final lap of Clash

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Well that was a hell of a kickoff to a new season of NASCAR. Coming to the frontstretch chicane of the Daytona International Speedway road course, Chase Elliott pulled up alongside Ryan Blaney. Now on the inside in Turn 14, Elliott drove in too hard and hit Blaney, sending him into the outside wall. “I just had […] READ MORE


Unpublished championship stories

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During a sports journalism class I took at the University of Tennessee, my professor — Phil Kaplan, south region assistant sports editor for USA TODAY Network — invited writers to speak to us, tell us about their experience on the job. One of those speakers was Mike Wilson, Tennessee athletics beat writer for the Knoxville […] READ MORE


Chase Elliott rebounds from pre-race penalty to win championship

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Chase Elliott climbed out of the car and lied his head on the roof for a moment; absorbing everything. Then he hopped off and jumped into the arms of his pit crew. After his trackside interview with NBC, he walked over and hugged his father, Bill Elliott, and mother, Cindy Elliott. “All you can dream […] READ MORE


The White Zone: Chase Elliott takes next step with Cup title

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Anybody who watched Chase Elliott race super late models in the 2010s realized he was a generational talent. His XFINITY Series championship in 2014, his rookie season, reinforced it. His development progressed in the Cup Series, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. He’s made the playoffs every year of his Cup career and won […] READ MORE


Chase Elliott cements road course ace status at Charlotte

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Chase Elliott developed his road racing prowess from an early age. He drove Corvettes as a kid at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix. Moreover, he spent time with road course ringer, Ron Fellows, at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Pahrump, Nevada. Along with Boris Said, he learned some […] READ MORE


Elliott and Truex collide in closing laps at Darlington

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It was a classic case of two drivers fighting for the same real estate. In the waning laps of Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500, Martin Truex Jr. was pursuing Chase Elliott for the race lead. While Truex had the faster car, he struggled to overtake Elliott. Rounding Turns 3 and 4, however, he took the high line […] READ MORE