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NASCAR: Chase Elliott Takes Home the Checkered Flag at Road America on Fourth of July

by Chris Haney
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On Sunday, NASCAR driver Chase Elliott took the checkered flag during the holiday race at the Road America track in Wisconsin.

Elliott came away victorious on Independence Day once again at another road course. He’s become dominant in the last few years when turning both left and right on the NASCAR Cup Series road tracks. The Jockey Made in America 250 win is now Elliott’s seventh victory at road course events since 2018. If every NASCAR event was on a road course, the sport would be monopolized by Elliott and his NAPA Auto Parts crew.

The No. 9 car and its driver joins some famous company after their second win of the season. Elliott now ranks third in road course victories in NASCAR Cup Series history. The 25-year-old has now surpassed racing legends like Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Ricky Rudd, and Rusty Wallace. Only Tony Stewart (2nd with 8 wins) and Jeff Gordon (1st with 9 wins) own more road course wins than Elliott.

Additionally, the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion has now won two of the four road course races of the season so far. In May, Elliott and the No. 9 car also won at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. At such a young age, NASCAR could be seeing the most dominant driver on road courses in the history of the sport. If Elliott keeps this pace up, he’ll surely crush Gordon’s all-time record of nine road course victories.

Elliott also had a bit of a close call in his victory burnout. With such a narrow track, he nearly put his No. 9 Chevy into the wall attempting his celebration. Check the clip out below.

NASCAR Driver Chase Elliott Also Won Texas Grand Prix After Weather Ended Race Early

During the inaugural Echopark Texas Grand Prix in Austin, Texas in late May, Elliott took home his first win of the season. The new road course addition to the NASCAR Cup Series got off to a bit of a rocky start with multiple rain delays throughout the day. Yet even inclement weather couldn’t slow down Chase Elliott and his team.

With 14 laps to go, another rain delay brought the competition at the Circuit of The Americas to a halt. Race officials eventually chose to end the race early, which gave Elliott the checkered flag since he led all drivers.

At the time, it was the No. 9 crew’s sixth road course win and 12th Cup Series wins in total. He now has seven road course victories and 13 overall after today’s win in Wisconsin. Heading into any road course event these days, Elliott will be favored to cross the finish line first. For example, in May, FOX Bet had Elliott favored to win at the Texas road course at +250 odds.

Following the NASCAR team’s first win of the season, Elliott shared his excitement for the win. In addition, he noted it was the team’s first victory under inclement weather.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” Elliott said in a post-race interview with FOX. “I’ve never won a rain race before so it’s kind of cool. Just super proud of our team for just continuing to fight. Start of the day, we weren’t very good. Kept pushing myself, kept making some good changes throughout the day. And got to where I thought we were on pace with those guys there at the end. Really proud of that.”