Road warrior: Chase Elliott wins at Road America

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Chase Elliott is still king of the road courses in the NASCAR Cup Series.

On Sunday at Road America, Elliott recorded his sixth win in the last eight Cup road races and his seventh in the last 11. The reigning Cup champion took the lead from Kyle Busch on Lap 46 of 62, then pulled away over the final 16 laps to claim a 5.7-second victory over Christopher Bell.

It marked an impressive turn-around for Elliott, who qualified 34th earlier on Sunday after two stoppages during the session kept him from posting a fast lap.

Elliott also noted that he’d been struggling to come to grips with the 4-mile Wisconsin road course, which held its first Cup race in nearly 65 years.

“I just never felt like I got in a good rhythm (in practice) all of yesterday, so for whatever reason there, after about halfway through the race, I started finding some of that rhythm,” Elliott told NBC Sports.

“I was able to put it together, pieced every part of the track, and then finally, I feel like I was able to piece most of it together. I just stayed with it and I’m glad it worked out.”

Kyle Busch followed his Xfinity Series win on Saturday with a third-place finish on Sunday.

His older brother, Kurt Busch, finished fourth to maintain his grip on the 16th and final Cup playoff spot with six regular season races to go.

Denny Hamlin, still searching for his first win of the season, finished fifth.

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STAGE 1 WINNER: William Byron

STAGE 2 WINNER: Tyler Reddick

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Bell’s runner-up is his best result since winning in February at the Daytona road course … Chase Briscoe finished sixth to claim the second top 10 of his rookie Cup season. The other came on a road course as well (sixth, Circuit of the Americas) … Matt DiBenedetto‘s 10th-place finish was his first top 10 in his last nine races.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Starting from the rear (backup car), Ryan Preece suffered a reported blown engine to end his day at Lap 7 … A transmission issue ground Daniel Suarez to a halt on track at Lap 3. Suarez later returned to the race, but finished 36th, nine laps down … Xfinity Series regular Austin Cindric showed promising pace, but shortly after re-taking the lead, he suffered a mechanical issue and spun at Lap 24. The issue was a terminal one, forcing him to finish 38th.

NOTABLE: It was 23,702 days between the first Cup race at Road America on Aug. 12, 1956 and the track’s second Cup race on Sunday. That’s the longest stretch between Cup races all-time.

NEXT: Sunday, July 11 – Atlanta Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

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