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Chase Elliott finally banished his bad luck and got the win he seemed destined for the past few races with an impressive showing in Thursday night's Alsco Uniforms 500. The Hendrick Motorsports driver started the race 19th after finishing second in last week's Coca-Cola 600 but was able to stay on top of his car's settings to reel in leader Kevin Harvick and complete a pass for the win late in the final stage. Elliott now has a spot in the season ending playoffs and could be a legitimate threat for the 2020 championship if his pace so far this season doesn't leave him as the year continues.
The NASCAR Cup series barely has time to catch its breath from back-to-back races at Charlotte before moving on to the tight confines of Bristol Motor Speedway this Sunday. The teams also have one less day to prepare since Thursday's Charlotte race was actually supposed to have been Wednesday before rain postponed the running. Sunday will be a daytime race at the short and high-banked Bristol track where teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin won last season.
Chase Elliott – Elliott's car came to life in the final stage as he chased down Kevin Harvick for the lead, ultimately making the pass on track and then pulling away until the checkered flag gave him the win he had been so close to the past few weeks. Elliott had been in position to win multiple times since NASCAR returned to action, and