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NASCAR results at Dover: Chase Elliott seizes control in overtime as other playoff drivers falter

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17   //    08 Oct 2018, 03:48 IST
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Chase Elliott

After many of NASCAR's playoff drivers piled up in a late accident, Chase Elliott emerged with an improbable win at Dover International Speedway.

Elliott took the overtime restart with the lead and held off Denny Hamlin — who was on much fresher tires — for the victory.

It's Elliott's second career victory, coming on the heels of his first win in August at Watkins Glen. More importantly, the victory earns him a spot in the next round of the NASCAR playoffs.

"We had a penalty there early, fell behind, but luckily had a good enough car and good strategy to come back," Elliott told NBCSN.

Elliott was having a solid if unspectacular afternoon up until the final laps, when a multi-car crash changed everything.

Aric Almirola hit the wall on a restart with four laps to go in an incident that also involved playoff drivers Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., and Ryan Blaney.

They weren't the only playoff drivers who had trouble at Dover. Clint Bowyer was running in the top 10 with less than 20 laps remaining when he had to pit for a loose wheel. He then slammed into the wall a few minutes later and ended up finishing 35th.

Now, all those drivers, along with most of the rest of the playoff field, will have to sweat out next Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway, which always holds the potential for the "Big One" that can send anyone to a 39th-place finish in the blink of an eye.

But that's not a concern now for Elliott, who will move on, thanks to his win at the Monster Mile.

"We don't have to worry about Talladega next week, so that's nice," Elliott said.

Joey Logano finished third, followed by Erik Jones and Kurt Busch.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup results from Dover

1. Chase Elliott
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Joey Logano
4. Erik Jones
5. Kurt Busch
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Austin Dillon
8. Kyle Busch
9. Rickey Stenhouse Jr.
10. Daniel Suarez
11. Ryan Blaney
12. Kyle Larson 
13. Aric Almirola
14. Brad Keselowski 
15. Martin Truex Jr.
16. Paul Menard
17. Ryan Newman
18. Jamie McMurray
19. William Byron
20. Matt Kenseth 
21. Regan Smith
22. AJ Allmendinger
23. Bubba Wallace
24. David Ragan
25. Chris Buescher
26. Michael McDowell
27. Matt DiBenedetto
28. Alex Bowman
29. Ty Dillon 
30. Corey LaJoie
31. Jeffrey Earnhardt
32. J.J. Yeley
33. Landon Cassill
34. B.J. McLeod
35. Clint Bowyer
36. Jimmie Johnson
37. Ross Chastain
38. Harrison Rhodes
39. Timmy Hill

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