Elliott Edges Ragan At Lanier
BRASELTON, Ga. — Chase Elliott gave up the lead with 50 laps remaining, but reclaimed the point with two laps remaining and than survived a three-wide battle to win the Pro Late Model event Sunday at Lanier National Speedway.
Visiting NASCAR star David Ragan took the lead on a restart with 50 laps remaining from Elliott and for the next 37 laps held off Dwayne Buggay and Elliott. Over the final 13 laps there were three caution flags among the frontrunners.
With six laps remaining Ragan got the jump to remain on the lead, but Elliott moved to the inside entering turn three and the two raced side by side. At the stripe it was Elliott credited with the lead and than things got real interesting with Ragan on the outside of Elliott and Buggay on the inside.
The three front runners crossed the start/finish line three abreast with Elliott sandwiched between the other two cars. On the back straight on the final lap Ragan spun and collected Brian Campbell with Elliott recording the win followed by Buggay and fast-qualifier Bubba Pollard.
“The car was as good after the 100 lap break, but it took about 10 laps to come in,” Elliott said. “Some how I came away with the win.
“The 45 (Buggay) was inside and the 6 (Ragan) was outside,” he said. “I kept waiting to wreck.”
Buggay said he thought Elliott and Ragan was going to allow him to score the win over the final three laps.
Following Elliott, Buggay and Pollard at the finish were Austill Hill, Ragan, Kenzie Ruston, Eddie Hoffman and Campbell, the only cars on the lead lap.
The race was slowed seven times for caution periods and had five lead changes among three different drivers.