Chase Elliott followed in her father Bill’s footsteps on Wednesday night by winning NASCAR’s $ 1 million All-Star race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Elder Elliott won the second edition of the 1986 event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where it has always been held earlier this year. NASCAR moved to the Tennessee runway at half a mile because the state allowed it to have fans present.
The facility, which seats over 140,000, offered 30,000 tickets so there would be room for social distancing, but The Associated Press reported that attendance was about 20,000.
“Tonight felt like an event again and I felt like we missed that bit for a couple of months,” said Elliott, who won Charlotte Cup and Truck Series races without fans. “It felt good to have NASCAR back. NASCAR is about the fans. I felt like the vibe was back.”
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee was on hand to give the command “start your engines” at the event, which was damaged by an airplane flying over earlier in the day and dropped a Confederate flag message sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization in protest of the series’ latest ban on the flag at their competitions.
Elliott won the second and third stages of the race and dominated the 15-lap sprint to the finish in his Hendrick Motorsport’s Chevrolet Corvette, which along with the rest of the cars was equipped with incandescent lighting to create a new visual effect during the night race.
With the victory, Elliotts joins Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the only father-son All-Star champions.
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