Chase Elliott felt at home, admired by fans on the track for several hours from home and one where his father was celebrating victory a few decades ago.
This time it was Chase.
Elliott won Sunday in the Talladega Superspeedway Cup Series, giving Chevrolet his first season win. He did well in the fact that Kyle Larson ended up at the end of the race that ended.
Elliott took the lead shortly after the four-wheel reboot and worked with three other Chevy drivers to set aside the rest of the field. For the first time since October he won and drove 150 kilometers from his hometown in Georgia.
His Hall of Fame father Bill Elliott won twice in Talladega in the 1980s.
"Dad's history, apparently very cool," said Chase Elliott. "For me, the biggest piece of the day was just how much the home race felt like after the race. People blew me up and everyone was fired. That was an incredible experience. We're close to home, so it's fine, so I'm he felt like this.
"I couldn't ask much more."
His father was back in Georgia and drove in a vintage car race. (He also won),
Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman finished second, followed by rookie Ryan Preece, Joey Logano and another rookie Daniel Hemric.
Elliott is the sixth driver to win over 10 cup races this season and has locked the playoff spot.
Elliott scored a meeting with all Chevy riders for the late race team.
The race ended with caution after David Ragan hit William Byron, who marked Kyle Larson and sent him to slide down the track. Larson then crossed half a dozen before he stopped.
"That was probably the longest flip I ever had," Larson said. I didn't know if it would ever stop. I knew I turned around and hoped that I wouldn't get closer to the fence, so it was a little scary, but fortunately I'm fine. "
The 2019 aerodynamics package had cars reaching higher speeds than NASCAR in practice, so officials tried to slow down with late rules. However, the changes have made cars go even faster, so many veterans are wary of closing speeds and chaos potential and rapid falls.
But the race was mostly without a wreck – until the last lap.
Elliott's victory ended up a seven-race winning lane for Ford at Talladega. Penske Racing has won six of the last nine.
But it was a Chevy celebration – a change.
"We needed to win," said Alan Gustafson, Elliott's boss. "We needed to consolidate our efforts. We needed to break through a lane that has one of our competitors."
Bowman did not get a chance to try out the last attempts to turn off Hendrick Motorsports due to caution.
"Well, I won't let him win, do you?" Bowman said. "I have to try. I knew I'd get into his quarter panel. I was pretty sure I'd get to his quarter-panel in the tri-oval and who knows who gets on the front line." I thought I could, but it depends on the car behind you and where it goes, it would be fun to try.
Basically, Martin Truex Jr finished with seven laps.
Aric Almirola turned Chris Buescher, who fought for 10th, came out of Turn 2 and caused a wreck of a quad that included Truex and brought out the red flag. Buescher hit the wall and began to spin.
Matt DiBenedetto had nowhere to go and crashed into Buescher's rotating Chevy. Buescher's car then hit Truex and Justin Haley.
It didn't take long for the first wreck at Talladega Superspeedway. The first one caught Stewart-Haas Racing's teammates Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick.
Bubba Wallace and Ryan Blaney got caught up in Round 10 to touch the crash, which also caught Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.
Wallace went low, got to his side and then slipped back across the track, crashed into Michael McDowell, and caused heavy damage to both cars. Harvick, McDowell, and Wallace were out of the race.
Hamlin joined them shortly later.
This was a tough day for Toyota, with the only Top 10 to finish off with Kyle Busch on No. 9. Martin Truex Jr., Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto were caught in the wrecks.
Jimmie Johnson, seven-time champion of the series, ran over a piece of debris, broke through the tire and hit the wall at the start of the race. He fell a few laps behind the leaders and expanded his career-long winless lane to 69 races.
The series cup will move to Delaware next Sunday for Dover 400. Harvick is the winner of the victory.