• NASCAR Cup Series
  • Xfinity Series
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart

July 10th, 2022

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Chase Elliott

9 |

1

Running

260

96

60

7

2

Ross Chastain

1 |

2

Running

260

32

45

0

3

Austin Cindric

2 |

5

Running

260

7

34

0

4

Erik Jones

43 |

25

Running

260

10

33

0

5

Ryan Blaney

12 |

6

Running

260

2

46

0

6

Daniel Suárez

99 |

7

Running

260

0

31

0

7

Justin Haley

31 |

24

Running

260

0

30

0

8

Aric Almirola

10 |

22

Running

260

0

29

0

9

Cole Custer

41 |

18

Running

260

0

28

0

10

Harrison Burton

21 |

27

Running

260

9

31

0

11

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

9

Running

260

27

26

0

12

Kevin Harvick

4 |

10

Running

260

0

25

0

13

Kyle Larson

5 |

3

Running

260

0

26

0

14

Bubba Wallace

23 |

32

Running

260

0

23

0

15

Michael McDowell

34 |

12

Running

260

0

22

0

16

Chase Briscoe

14 |

14

Running

260

0

21

0

17

Todd Gilliland

38 |

28

Running

260

0

20

0

18

Brad Keselowski

6 |

31

Running

260

0

27

0

19

Christopher Bell

20 |

15

Running

260

0

24

0

20

Kyle Busch

18 |

19

Running

260

0

22

0

21

Corey Lajoie

7 |

30

Running

260

19

17

0

22

Kurt Busch

45 |

21

Accident

259

0

25

0

23

Cody Ware

51 |

34

Running

259

0

14

0

24

Landon Cassill

77 |

36

Running

259

0

0

0

25

Denny Hamlin

11 |

16

Running

259

2

15

0

26

Joey Logano

22 |

17

DVP

252

0

11

0

27

Garrett Smithley

15 |

33

Running

252

0

0

0

28

Ty Dillon

42 |

23

DVP

174

0

9

0

29

Tyler Reddick

8 |

4

Accident

170

13

17

0

30

William Byron

24 |

13

Accident

170

41

16

0

31

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

20

Engine

162

2

6

0

32

Alex Bowman

48 |

8

DVP

160

0

14

0

33

Chris Buescher

17 |

11

Accident

107

0

4

0

34

Noah Gragson

16 |

29

Suspension

91

0

0

0

35

Austin Dillon

3 |

26

Accident

90

0

2

0

36

BJ McLeod

78 |

35

Accident

77

0

0

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Chase Elliott

    POS1

    LEADER

    Chase Elliott

    Driver badge number 9 |

  • POS 2 | 0.081

    Ross Chastain

    POS2

    0.081

    Ross Chastain

    Driver badge number 1 |

  • POS 3 | 0.541

    Austin Cindric

    POS3

    0.541

    Austin Cindric

    Driver badge number 2 |

Chase Elliott denies LaJoie in late-race battle, emerges with Atlanta win

Chase Elliott is a former NASCAR Cup Series champion and currently the 2022 title leader. But finally scoring a dramatic victory Sunday afternoon at his home track — Atlanta Motor Speedway — in front of a vocal and adoring home crowd ranks right up there as far as he‘s concerned.

Elliott‘s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet led a race-best 97 of the 260 laps and held off a charging field to win Sunday‘s Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart, ultimately securing the trophy when the caution flag came out in the closing portion of the frenzied final lap.

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Corey LaJoie, who was dueling it out with Elliott on the last lap, brought out that caution after hitting the wall in Turn 1 in a final attempt to pull alongside and pass Elliott for what would have also been a popular first-career NASCAR Cup Series victory for the well-liked LaJoie.

“This one‘s up there for sure, to win at your home track is a real big deal I think to any race car driver,‘‘ said Elliott, 26, of nearby Dawsonville, Ga. “I watched a lot of guys do it over the years, Jimmie [Johnson] out in California. We haven‘t really had a very good run here, so I felt like today was a good opportunity for us.

“I‘m just so proud. This is obviously home for me and home to a lot of great fans who made a lot of noise today. Couldn‘t be more proud of our team.”

Obviously disappointed not to earn the victory, but not disheartened, LaJoie said he was encouraged by the No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet team‘s work on Sunday and boosted by the confidence of being in position to win late in a race.

“Closest I‘ve ever been, for sure,” LaJoie said. “That was fun. I‘m proud of my guys at Spire and everyone who’s helped us out.

“I made my move and it didn‘t work out, and the siren is ringing in Dawsonville (Ga.) unfortunately,‘‘ LaJoie said referencing the famed Dawsonville (Ga.) Pool Room where the owners ring a bell to celebrate each of Elliott‘s victories.

With 27 lead changes among 12 drivers and 13 caution periods, it was an eventful day on the newly-reconfigured and repaved Atlanta Motor Speedway‘s 1.54-mile track, hosting its second event on its new layout. And there was plenty of drama from the hometown kid winning his series-best third race of the year to several dust-ups among popular drivers.

Ross Chastain, who had a busy day on track and was part of a couple of those incidents, rallied to finish runner-up to Elliott.

“I hated that I took the best car here and I tore it up a couple times, but yeah, it‘s incredible,‘‘ Chastain said of rebounding to score his fifth top-two finish of the season.

“Hats off to Chevrolet and Trackhouse for bringing this fast of a Jockey Chevrolet to be able to come back. Our road crew and pit crew did an awesome job to rebound through all the damage repair and we had a shot and I got inside of the 9 [Elliott] coming off [turn] 2 coming to the checkered and the caution came out.”

After being collected in a nine-car accident just before the race‘s midpoint, Chastain worked his way forward again only to make contact with veteran Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin as the two were running in the top 10 late in the race. The pair have had run-ins previously this season and Hamlin, whose car was badly damaged, was not happy after the race.

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“Everyone has different tolerance levels and as you all know, I‘ve reached my peak,‘‘ Hamlin said.

Team Penske rookie Austin Cindric — winner of the season-opening Daytona 500 — finished third, with Petty GMS Motorsports‘ Erik Jones and Team Penske‘s Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

Chastain‘s Trackhouse Racing teammate Daniel Suárez was sixth, followed by Justin Haley, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer and Harrison Burton rounding out the top 10.

With the victory, Elliott extended his championship lead over Blaney to 47 points. Chastain is now third, 50 points behind Elliott.

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to competition next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the Ambetter 301 on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, USA Network, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Stewart-Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola is the defending race winner.

NOTE: Inspection in the Cup Series garage is complete, confirming the No. 9 of Chase Elliott as the race winner. The Nos. 2, 5, 19, 38, 43 and 99 will be taken back to the NASCAR R&D Center for further, routine inspection.