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Elliott reverses fortunes in Dover for playoff victory

Elliott reverses fortunes in Dover for playoff victory

"We're looking very hard at what the future of sports betting is going to look like for our sport as all sports are", Phelps said.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola sits in his vehicle during practice for the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover at Dover International Speedway.

Harvick leaves Dover with a five-point lead over Kyle Busch.

With the victory - his second of the season and the second of his career - Elliott punched his ticket into the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, extricating himself from the bottom four in the postseason standings.

"I've had an up and down year, I feel like, and to have this race slip away (last year when he was passed for the lead late by Kyle Busch) makes today that much more sweet".

"We had a penalty (for speeding in pit lane) there early", Chase Elliott said, "got behind and luckily had a good enough vehicle and a good strategy to get back".

Elliott bounded over the wall and high-fived Gordon, the driver he replaced in 2016, and shared a big hug with team owner Rick Hendrick.

"I think for '19, we'll have some rules that we'll put in place", Phelp. After the October 21 race at Kansas, the playoff field will be trimmed from 12 drivers to eight.

Chase Elliott had been burdened by lofty expectations that come as the son of a Hall of Fame driver and the replacement of a four-time NASCAR champion. Among other playoff drivers, Kyle Busch came home eighth, Ryan Blaney 11th, Kyle Larson 12th and Bowman 28th. And with seven wins for 2018, Harvick is all about the wins during this tight playoffs battle. But when a slew of issues took Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer late, Elliott was there in the No. 9 Chevrolet to pounce.

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Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing - a non-playoff driver - finished second while playoff driver Joey Logano of Team Penske was third.

The race victor earns an automatic berth into the round of eight of NASCAR's playoffs.

Kevin Harvick did everything right - until a fluke occurrence on pit road cost him a chance to win. Eventually advancing to finish sixth, Harvick was short on words after leading 286 laps. "I guess that makes up for the bad luck of losing a race with an absolute dominant vehicle".

Almirola had lost the lead when Bowyer wrecked.

Though NASCAR employees are prohibited from betting on races, the NASCAR rulebook doesn't explicitly outlaw betting by drivers or team members.

Johnson, who holds the Dover record with 11 wins, was an early hit when he dropped off 12 kids' bikes at Martin Truex Jr's hauler as an apology of sorts for triggering a wreck last week at Charlotte that denied both drivers a shot at a win.

Jimmie Johnson, who has the Dover record with 11 wins, was forced to the garage during the pace laps because of mechanical woes on the No. 48 Chevrolet.

Elliott had 12-1 odds in the first-ever race where legalized sports betting happened at the track.


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