Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Elliott wins pole as he tries to defend Road America title

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. ( Associated Press) — Chase Elliott won pole at Road America and will lead the field on Hare Sunday as he attempts to defend his victory on the Wisconsin road course.

NASCAR’s most popular driver is winning last weekend in Nashville and is in a position to make it two straight Cup wins with a strong run qualifying run on the 4.048-mile road course. In Saturday’s qualifying, Hendricks Motorsports driver beat Chase Brisco by 0.038s.

It’s a big change from their starting position last year, when NASCAR’s major series came to Road America for the first time since a Grand National event in 1956. Elliott started last year in 34th place but still found a way to win.

“Definitely a different vibe to the weekend,” Elliott said. “Cars, I think, will require a few different things to be successful tomorrow. I don’t think we are as good as we need to sit in order to be successful tomorrow. I want to make sure we do our homework.” Do it.”

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Of Elliott’s 15 career wins, seven have come on the road course.

Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larsen finished third. Tyler Reddick is fourth and Austin Cindrick fifth.

Elliott, who enters Sunday’s event with a 30-point lead over Ross Chastain in the points standings, shrugged off the advantage from starting on pole rather than at the back of the pack as in last year.

“These races are very long,” Elliott said. “Usually the cars that are better find their way to the front, no matter where they start. It’s good to have a pole. You want them as much as you can, but I’d be better off on a Sunday rather than a Saturday. ,

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Brisco believed he had the fastest car and blamed himself for his inability to win pole. Briscoe was the only Ford driver in the top four qualifiers.

“I should have run six-tenths faster than both rounds and totally blew it,” Brisco said. “I definitely have a really good short-run car. I don’t know what it’ll be like in the long run, but it’s definitely really good in the short run. I like it all as a race-car driver.” Have to keep together. If we do that, we should be in the hunt tomorrow.”

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