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Chase Elliott overcame skidding off track and into the barrier to win his second road course race of 2019 at the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Sunday. The victory was his third of the season and pushes him further up the playoff standings as the round of 12 is set to kick off this week at Dover International Speedway. Elliott led 35 of the 109 laps, taking the lead from Kevin Harvick on the final restart of the race, after starting 19th. That is just part of the story, though. On the lap 66 restart he sped deep into turn 1 and into the barrier in a disastrous mistake that could have ended his day. It didn't, though, and Elliott marched back, taking advantage of cautions and track position to be in position to pounce again five laps before the end.
The initial 16 playoff contenders are now down to 12 as the second round of eliminations begins this week at Dover. Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones all bow out of the fight and will work to be best of the rest in the remaining races. Martin Truex Jr. takes the point from teammate Kyle Busch thanks to his two victories in the round of 16 and enters Dover with the chance to sweep victories at the circuit this season.
Chase Elliott – Elliott continued to demonstrate his road course prowess at Charlotte on Sunday, winning the second stage and then recovering from