Chase Elliott Dumps Dillon To Win In Canada
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Chase Elliott scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in only his sixth start Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, but it didn’t come without a great deal of controversy.
Elliott was running second to Ty Dillon in the closing laps of the race when the caution flag waved with eight laps left when Johnny Sauter’s Chevrolet stalled on the Andretti straight between turns seven and eight.
That set up a five lap dash to the finish in the first Truck Series race on a road course in 13 years, with Dillon getting a solid restart to keep Elliott behind him. Dillon, who was dangerously low on fuel, was doing everything he could to hold off Elliott’s advances.
Elliott was glued to the bumper of Dillon with two laps left when Dillon suddenly began reporting to his crew that his truck was sputtering and might be out of fuel. Dillon’s crew told him not to pit, so Dillon stayed on track and took the white flag ahead of Elliott.
Elliott took a shot at Dillon in turn one, but couldn’t make the pass. He stayed behind Dillon until the exit of turn seven, when Elliott was able to get alongside him. The two raced side-by-side down the Andretti straight, but Dillon was able to get clear of Elliott through turn eight.
Dillon looked like he might hang on for the win as he exited turn nine, but Elliott had one last move up his sleeve. Elliott dove to the inside of Dillon in the final corner, making contact with Dillon’s right-rear corner. The contact sent Dillon spinning into the tire barrier at the exit of the corner, while Elliott was able to make it to the checkered flag for the victory.
“We only have so many shots to win these things. I really hate to win them like that, I really do,” Elliott said. “That’s not how I race and that’s never been how I’ve raced before. I had a shot. I was up next to Ty and I knew he was going to try and chop me off. I tried to make up the difference.
“Like I said, I don’t like to win like that. Sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get to victory lane.”