Chase Elliott shows his class at road courses once again with his win at Road America on Sunday.
For the first time in 65 years, NASCAR Cup Series came to race at Road America and the event delivered entertainment for sure.
William Byron stayed in the race lead after the start, ahead of Kyle Larson and AJ Allmendinger. Trouble came early for Daniel Suarez – he stopped at the track on the third lap – caution was out.
Byron remained in the lead at the restart, though had to defend from Larson. The no.5 car driver tried to make a pass, but went wide in one of the corners, moving down to third. Ryan Preece suffered technical issues and went to the garage.
Kyle Tilley was stuck in gravel and triggered another caution. Byron went on to win the opening stage.
Martin Truex Jr. led the field at the start of stage 2 after staying out on track. However, Austin Cindric took over the lead in turn 1. Matt DiBenedetto was on the rear of Cindric for several laps and made some aggressive bumps. Eventually, the Wood Brothers Racing driver made a pass.
Denny Hamlin had a wide run to the runoff area, while Brad Keselowski spun in turn 14. Cindric got the pace back and made a magnificent move around the outside of DiBenedetto in turn 1. Seconds later, Kyle Busch overtook Cindric, who also spun and had a mechanical problem. He went to the garage.
Corey LaJoie had a spin and nearly hit the wall. He kept on going, but brought out a lot of dirt on the track surface. DiBenedetto had a damaged tire and came to the pit road. The leader Kyle Busch went to the pit road at the end of stage, while his older brother Kurt had a wide run. Tyler Reddick did not pit and won stage 2.
Kyle Busch led at the start of final stage, followed by DiBenedetto and Chase Elliott. DiBenedetto came back to the lead later in the lap. Elliott found his rhythm and successfully passed both Kyle Busch and DiBenedetto to become the new race leader. Anthony Alfredo lost a brake rotor and went to the gravel, forcing caution.
Aric Almirola and Ryan Blaney were upfront as they had pitted right before the caution. They both could not stop Kyle Busch though. Elliott overtook Kyle Busch at the Kink. Larson had another good day in the office, running in the top 5, but the race was affected late by the hit with his teammate Alex Bowman. The no.48 car driver got a tire rub, which definitely was not good news.
Elliott comfortably cruised to the historic win at Road America, his second race victory in the 2021 campaign. Bell finished second, while Kyle Busch completed the top 3.
The top 10 of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America:
|1||#9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||#20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||#18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||#1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|5||#11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6||#14||Chase Briscoe||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|7||#42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|8||#8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing|
|9||#19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||#21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing|