For the first time, the Phoenix oval hosted the NASCAR Cup season finale race in the Playoffs format, where four drivers battle on equal footing for the title. In this 2020 edition, the fight was between Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliot.
Three of the four title contenders led laps on the 1-mile oval. Logano led 125 laps from the start and Keselowski led another 16, but Elliott’s 153 laps led were indicative of his motivation, talent and the #9 Hendrick Chevrolet team’s preparation for this race.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – When Chase Elliott visited students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Wednesday, he had a direct view of Daytona International Speedway, which is adjacent to the university campus.
Especially on the eve of Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, another track where Elliott also has been on the verge of an elusive first victory in NASCAR’s top series.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver finished second in three of his first four visits to the two-mile oval outside Detroit, where his worst finish has been an eighth-place finish in last August’s race.
If he can continue the trend, the FireKeeper’s Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway will be a good opportunity for Elliott and other young drivers, as ironically, those coming in with less experience have had good results in the most recent races.
In addition to the young rivals, Elliott will have to face the evolution of the Chevrolet Camaro, which was the winning car of the Daytona 500 last February with Austin Dillon at the wheel, but has not been able to finish in Victory Lane since then.
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2003: M & M’s® joins team owner Roberto Yates and driver Elliott Sadler and makes the first of several trips to victory lane. 2006: M & M’S® takes its biggest dive yet into racing and becomes the Official Chocolate of NASCAR®.
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Buddy Baker broke the 200 mph mark on March 24, 1970, at the same Talladega track. After that, the car won six more races. … NASCAR officials changed the rules to prohibit cars with certain attributes, such as the huge wing these cars had.
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Trevor Bayne (born February 19, 1991, Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American auto racing driver, who currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 6 car in the Roush Fenway Racing team, part-time, sharing it with Matt Kenseth. He is well known because on February 20, 2011, he won the Daytona 500 and became the youngest driver to win the race.
For 2012, Bayne would continue in Roush Fenway Racing, driving the No. 60 Ford in the Nationwide Series, but the lack of sponsorship marginalized him from the team after the first five races, when he was fourth in the championship, then he would dispute one more date. Bayne continued competing in the NASCAR Cup Series with Wood Brothers, for another partial calendar, where he achieved 2 top ten finishes.