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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Chase Elliott

17 |

30

Running

200

18

0

0

2

Brandon Jones

9 |

10

Running

200

0

42

0

3

Sammy Smith

8 |

16

Running

200

0

39

0

4

Sam Mayer

1 |

13

Running

200

44

40

0

5

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

11

Running

200

0

38

0

6

Kyle Busch

33 |

2

Running

200

34

0

0

7

Ryan Sieg

39 |

21

Running

200

0

36

0

8

Josh Williams

11 |

36

Running

200

0

29

0

9

Ty Gibbs

20 |

1

Running

200

27

0

0

10

Noah Gragson

30 |

18

Running

200

9

0

0

11

Kyle Weatherman

91 |

27

Running

200

0

26

0

12

Taylor Gray

19 |

15

Running

200

0

0

0

13

Jeremy Clements

51 |

24

Running

200

0

24

0

14

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

12

Running

200

0

23

0

15

Shane Van Gisbergen

97 |

29

Running

200

0

22

0

16

Anthony Alfredo

5 |

17

Running

200

0

21

0

17

Jeb Burton

27 |

5

Running

200

0

20

0

18

Chandler Smith

81 |

3

Running

200

0

25

0

19

Kyle Sieg

28 |

34

Running

199

5

18

0

20

Hailie Deegan

15 |

32

Running

199

0

17

0

21

JJ Yeley

14 |

38

Running

199

0

16

0

22

Dawson Cram

4 |

33

Running

199

0

15

0

23

Leland Honeyman

42 |

25

Running

199

0

14

0

24

Garrett Smithley

6 |

20

Running

199

0

13

0

25

Austin Hill

21 |

8

Running

198

0

24

0

26

Matt DiBenedetto

38 |

14

Running

198

0

11

0

27

Ryan Ellis

43 |

22

Running

198

0

10

0

28

Jesse Love

2 |

4

Running

198

14

11

0

29

Natalie Decker

92 |

37

Running

196

0

8

0

30

Patrick Emerling

07 |

35

Running

191

0

7

0

31

Brennan Poole

44 |

23

Running

190

0

6

0

32

Cole Custer

00 |

6

Accident

184

0

6

0

33

Justin Allgaier

7 |

9

Accident

176

40

24

2

34

Dean Thompson

26 |

26

Fuel Pump

137

0

0

0

35

Blaine Perkins

29 |

31

Suspension

135

0

2

0

36

Sheldon Creed

18 |

7

Oil Cooler

119

9

7

0

37

Parker Kligerman

48 |

28

Accident

71

0

1

0

38

Riley Herbst

98 |

19

Accident

29

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Chase Elliott

    POS1

    LEADER

    Chase Elliott

    Driver badge number 17 |

  • POS 2 | 0.500

    Brandon Jones

    POS2

    0.500

    Brandon Jones

    Driver badge number 9 |

  • POS 3 | 1.836

    Sammy Smith

    POS3

    1.836

    Sammy Smith

    Driver badge number 8 |

Chase Elliott rides strategic surge to Xfinity Series victory at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. — With a masterpiece of strategy and modicum of good fortune, Chase Elliott won Saturday‘s BetMGM 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season.

Saving a set of new tires for the final run in the 200-lap event at the 1.5-mile track, Elliott grabbed the lead after a Lap 183 restart and held it the rest of the way.

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Driving a No. 17 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with a paint scheme reminiscent of the signature look of the late Ricky Hendrick‘s car, Elliott crossed the finish line 0.500 seconds ahead of Brandon Jones, who recovered from early brake problems to finish second after pressing Elliott in the closing laps.

The victory was Elliott‘s first at Charlotte and the sixth of his career — his first since the 2016 season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Jones finished ahead of two of his JR Motorsports teammates, Sammy Smith and Sam Mayer, in third and fourth, respectively.

Elliott started 30th after a lackluster qualifying effort. After Riley Herbst crashed hard on the backstretch to cause the first of eight cautions, Elliott, Jesse Love, Anthony Alfredo and Kyle Sieg stayed on the track on old tires, saving a set of fresh stickers for later in the race.

That call by crew chief Greg Ives proved to be the winning move. Though Elliott pitted on Lap 48 and fell to 26th in the running order for a restart on Lap 53, he regained the lost track position on new tires and was a factor near the front the rest of the way. An opportune caution on Lap 169 gave Elliott the chance to make full use of his final set of new tires.

“Greg made a good call, and I think ultimately that‘s what won us the race,” Elliott said. “I felt like I needed a little bit with my balance to make as much pace as the 7 (Justin Allgaier) and a couple of those guys.

“Hats off to everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. Super special to win with the 17 on the car for the boss (Rick Hendrick) and (Hendrick’s wife) Linda. It‘s a great honor here with the Ricky Hendrick scheme. It means a lot to all of us to be a part of this whenever it runs.”

One by one, other contenders for the win fell by the wayside. Allgaier won the first two stages in perhaps the fastest car in the race, but he sped on pit road during the Stage 2 break.

Allgaier‘s race came to an end when he and pole winner Ty Gibbs crashed off Turn 4 after a restart on Lap 176. Reigning series champion Cole Custer and current Xfinity Series leader Austin Hill wrecked on the backstretch on Lap 184 after door-to-door contact a half-lap earlier.

WATCH: Custer, Hill tangle in late-race clash

A slow pit stop on Lap 170 cost Kyle Busch track position and relegated him to a sixth-place result behind fifth-place finisher AJ Allmendinger, who made a late-race charge on one-lap scuffed tires.

That left Jones to put the pressure on Elliott at the end, but the race ended before Jones could get closer than a half-second back.

“Talk about an up-and-down day and coming back from it,” said Jones, who had to replace brake fluid in his No. 9 Chevrolet during a long pit stop on Lap 76. “That was really fun to come from the back to the front, I think three or four times there.”

Ryan Sieg, Josh Williams, Gibbs and Noah Gragson completed the top 10. New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen was 15th in his first run on a 1.5-mile intermediate speedway.

The Xfinity Series’ next race is scheduled for next Saturday (4:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Portland International Raceway.

NOTES: Post-race inspection in the Xfinity Series garage was completed without issue, confirming the victory by Chase Elliott and the No. 17 team. Officials indicated that four cars would be brought to the NASCAR Research & Development Center for review — the Nos. 31 and 33 for wind tunnel testing, and the Nos. 16 and 39 for teardown inspection. … Elliott becomes the eighth different winner in the last eight Xfinity Series races.

Contributing: Staff reports