Chase Elliott takes second Monster Mile title at the DuraMAX Drydene 400!
May 2, 2022 Chase Elliott had to wait one extra day to earn his coveted first victory of the season.
NASCAR’s perennial Most Popular Driver led the final 53 laps to win the DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne NASCAR Cup Series race in a rare Monday finish at Dover Motor Speedway.
It is the 14th career victory for the 26-year-old from Dawsonville, Ga., and his second at the Monster Mile. Elliott is the 23rd driver to win two or more Cup Series races at the Monster Mile.
“I feel like we’ve had a lot of pace at different times throughout the year, we just hadn’t put an entire race together really until today,” said Elliott, who led 73 total laps. “Really just proud of our entire group for continuing to bring good attitudes to the racetrack. Coming in with the right mindset every week regardless of what happened the week before. To me that says a lot about their character and the kind of group that we have.”
Elliott, driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, topped Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with a finish under caution after Martin Truex spun out on the backstretch following contact with Ross Chastain. Chastain held on for third, with Christopher Bell in fourth and defending Dover champion Alex Bowman placing fifth. Truex slipped to 12th after running near the front for most of the race.
As the smoke was still in the air from his celebratory burnout, Elliott praised the fans that spent two days in the grandstands to see his victory.
“That was a great crowd,” Elliott said. “Biggest crowd [on Sunday] I have seen here personally since I’ve been racing, which I thought was really cool. Proud to see that.”
It was just the fourth out of Dover’s 104 NASCAR Cup Series races to be postponed to a Monday due to weather after rainy conditions forced red-flag conditions after just more than 45 minutes and 78 laps of action on Sunday.
Corey LaJoie finished 18th after a solid day of action behind the wheel of the DuraMAX Drydene No. 7 Camaro for Spire Motorsports. He started 21st and was running 12th on lap 335 when contact by Daniel Saurez forced LaJoie to pit.
This event celebrated RelaDyne’s DuraMAX and Drydene brands involvement in motorsports with the race being the first NASCAR partnership for DuraMAX and fifth consecutive Dover NASCAR Cup event carrying the Drydene brand. RelaDyne’s President & CEO Larry Stoddard was the event’s Grand Marshal and RelaDyne’s EVP – Marketing and E-Commerce, Dan Oehler served as the Honorary Starter. More than 700 guests of RelaDyne from all over the United States attended the event.
Dover Motor Speedway
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