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The NASCAR Cup Series made its first visit to Road America since 1956 Sunday in a July 4th weekend showcase on the long road course. The race was an exciting affair that produced a different winner for each stage and put Chase Elliott back on top as the road course master. William Byron and Kyle Larson started the race on pole with favorites Elliott and Kyle Busch coming from deep in the field after encountering problems in qualifying. It didn't take long for those two to make their way forward and take command at the front, however. Elliott took the lead for the final time on lap 46 and never looked back, streaking away for the final 17 laps to a win over Christopher Bell by more than five seconds. It was his second victory of the season – both on road courses.
A return to Atlanta Motor Speedway is on the schedule for this week. Ryan Blaney stole the win out from under Kyle Larson at the track earlier this season, who led 269 of the 325 laps that afternoon. Only six races remain in the regular season before the field of championship contenders is set with the regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway.
Chase Elliott – Multiple cautions keeping Elliott from turning in a decent qualifying lap didn't matter Sunday as Elliott won his second race of the season. The road-course master moved from 34th starting position to the top 10 by the end of the