Talladega, Ala. (April 28, 2019) – Executing a perfect strategy earned Chase Elliott the win at Talladega Superspeedway this past weekend, his first win since last October at Kansas Speedway. The win was his first at Talladega – and the first for the No. 9 since his dad Bill won in 1987.
“We just had a plan, executed it really well. Obviously could have gone both ways,” Elliott said after climbing from his car at the start-finish line. “Fortunately, everybody stayed together, stayed the course, and had some help on that last lap with a caution. This is unbelievable. This is close to home for me, so it feels a little bit like a home race.”
Elliott held off his teammate Alex Bowman for the win. Ryan Preece finished third, Joey Logano finished fourth and Daniel Hemric finished fifth.
A last-lap crash collected much of the field, with Kyle Larson tumbling hard after contact with the wall. A multi-car accident on lap 182 involving Aric Almirola, Martin Truex Jr., Chris Buescher, Justin Haley and Matt DiBenedetto created a red flag situation and set up a wild dash to the checkered flag.
The day was short for four drivers, who got caught up in a lap 11 crash – Kevin Harvick, Michael McDowell, Bubba Wallace and Matt Tifft; the crash also collected Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin. Jimmie Johnson also struggled, hitting the wall on lap 24 but continued to finish 33rd.