Ross Chastain steals victory from Eric Jones at Talladega Superspeedway

Tladega, Alaa – Ross Chastain He surveyed his position on the last lap of the Talladega Superspeedway and decided that his best strategy was to stay put and not make a move to win.

He drove him to victory lane.

Chastain stole the win on Sunday when he was the boss Eric Jones He went out of his way to block the reigning NASCAR Champion defensively Kyle Larson. It set the stage for Chastain, who steered his Chevrolet straight, overtaking Jones for his second Cup win.

“Holy cow! We didn’t do anything! We stayed there!” Chastain shouted over his radio.

The race to dominate Jones was on the last lap, and he knew Larson would move in for the win. Larson waited until they got out of the last turn, and in hindsight, Jones said he should have let him go and stay with Chastain on his bumper.

“Looking back, I wish I had stayed at the bottom and let [Chastain] “Push me,” Jones said. “That’s what it is. You’re just trying to win the race. You can just see how much is going on from the seat. You’re trying to make the best decision possible in the last 1500 feet.”

Chastain, who won his first career cup title last month on the track at the Circuit of the Americas, won for the second time in five races. This was his first on a high-speed road, as he said it was usually the driver who made the wrong moves.

“I’m always the one who gets to the top early and makes the mistake and there at the end it was like I’m eight, and I was like, ‘I’m never going to get there again,'” Chastain said. “I’ve done it a few times, I was like, ‘I’m just going to ride on the bottom. I won’t lose the race for us. “

“I have no idea. They kept going up. They kept getting out of the way.”

An eighth-generation Florida watermelon grower knocked out his winning TrackHouse Racing course with open flaps in the roof—like a sunroof—and smashed a watermelon off a Chevy roof in celebration.

Chastain also bit off a hunk of watermelon he picked from the ground, but this time asked Fox Sports if any seeds got stuck in his beard. He did an entire live TV interview after his Texas win last month with just a watermelon rind stuck to his face.

The winning car was the same Chevrolet that Chastain drove to win on a road track a month ago, but NASCAR’s new next-generation model makes it easily adaptable to different circuits on the schedule. The car is also more durable than previous models, which reduces alerts – even at Talladega. Sunday’s entire third stage was a war-free.

Chastain and William Byron They are the only winners of multiple races during 10 quarter-season cup events. He’s locked in tight in qualifying with TrackHouse, the second-year team owned by a former driver Justin Marks The pitbull.

Chastain, in his first season with TrackHouse, never imagined so much success out of the gate.

“Are you kidding me?” Chastain said. “I’ve broken myself so many times and gotten into it with guys.” “Justin Marks and what he set out for us was ambitious. I had no idea what to expect other than knowing I had my set from last year. [Sponsors are] They believe in us. We started the year with many open races [for funding]. We’re almost full right now, and that’s because of Justin Marks’ vision.

“We won, dude!”

Austin Dillon He finished second for Richard Childress Racing with a 1-2 lead for Chevrolet, while Kyle Bush It was third place in Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Larson finished fourth with Hendrick Motorsports, followed by JGR Martin Truex driver Jr. Then finally Jones, who dropped to sixth in an effort to salvage the win. Michael McDowell At number eight was Ford’s highest finisher.

“He’s typical here,” Jones said. “I’ve been near here many times.”

Larson was similarly disappointed, thinking that Sunday was the first time he had competed for a win at breakout speed.

“Honestly the first time I had the chance to win a plate race in the Cup Series, I was very happy with that,” Larson said. “But when you’re so close—and I’m in the exact position I wanted to be, I didn’t want to drive—I feel like I’ve done a good job with patience and stuff. I made one little mistake there and it cost me one.”

pen problems

Roger Pinsky He was on the right track in pursuit of Penske’s second super-speed win of the season, but saw three of his cars assembled in one crash.

Joey Logano He was in 3rd grade when restarting during Phase 2 and didn’t reach full speed when Bubba Wallace Kick him out of the line to the outer wall. Then Lugano’s car returned to the field and his teammates Austin CendrickDaytona 500 winner, and Harrison Burtonwho was driving for Penske’s subsidiary The Wood Brothers, was among those rounded up in the eight-car crash.

The accident brought together five of the 16 Ford drivers in the race, and an earlier accident led to the fall of two more when Chase Briscoe And Chris Bucher been eliminated. The Ford Group was the most organized manufacturer in the season opening Daytona 500 and used its strategy to get Cindric to the victory lane.

It was the third time in the last four races in Talladega that Lugano had come out, and it was his first time in the new season.

“You get pushed from behind. You push the car in front. There’s nothing you can do, and I was the one who got pushed out,” Lugano said. “It stinks. It’s Talladega. I don’t know, some people like it. I can’t say I do.”

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Cup Series races next Sunday at Dover International Auto Racing in Delaware. Alex Bowman He is the defender of the race winner.