DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chase Elliott finally broke Kyle Larson’s stranglehold on the PowerShares QQQ 300, taking the lead late in the second stage and going on to record his first NASCAR XFINITY Series stage win.
Larson led the field back to green on lap 36 and dominated both lanes of the draft, but Elliott finally got to Larson’s left rear quarter panel coming off turn four and drafted past to take the top spot on the 47th circuit, never looking back from there.
The 2016 Daytona XFINITY winner went on to lead the final 14 laps of the run and took the green-checkered flag .158 of a second in front of Aric Almirola’s Ford.
“It’s been a really fun day so far,” said Elliott. “These guys are really aggressive and the majority of the guys that will be racing with me tomorrow are being extra-aggressive. I’m having a lot of fun with them. We took tires there to set us up for the last stop, but I’ll try to get back up there and see what the rest of the race has to offer. If we can get there, I believe we can win this race.”
Unlike the opening stage, which was punctuated by a multi-car accident on lap 10 that eliminated championship contenders Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric, the second stage of Saturday’s race ran caution-free.
Larson dropped back to third in the stage finish, followed by Daniel Suarez and Spencer Gallagher.
Ryan Truex, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, polesitter Daniel Hemric and Justin Allgaier completed the top 10 and all scored bonus points at the second stage break.
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