Chase Elliott ends inaugural SRX season with Nashville win, founder Tony Stewart takes title

The inaugural Camping World SRX Series season came to a close on Saturday at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. In front of what was reported as the historic track’s largest crowd since 1970, reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott battled father Bill Elliott for the win. As the younger Elliott celebrated his victory, SRX co-founder Tony Stewart finished runner-up to claim the championship.

Heat races

The Elliotts comprised the first row of twelve, with Chase being in the multi-driver ringer car, for the first heat. Bill dominated the heat to the finish, while Chase kept Bobby Labonte at bay to take second.

After finishing last in Heat #1, Willy T. Ribbs started on the pole for the second, though Michael Waltrip quickly took the lead. Hélio Castroneves became the leader shortly before the competition caution with seven minutes left for running too long under green. By the end of the heat, Castroneves took the win.

Stewart finished fifth in both heats, which was enough to clinch him the championship.

Heat #1 results

Finish Number Driver Laps
1 9 Bill Elliott 25
2 94 Chase Elliott 25
3 18 Bobby Labonte 25
4 98 Marco Andretti 25
5 14 Tony Stewart 25
6 48 Tony Kanaan 25
7 2 Ernie Francis Jr. 25
8 13 Paul Tracy 25
9 3 Hélio Castroneves 25
10 1 Hailie Deegan 25
11 15 Michael Waltrip 25
12 17 Willy T. Ribbs 25

Heat #2 results

Finish Number Driver Laps
1 3 Hélio Castroneves 24
2 2 Ernie Francis Jr. 24
3 13 Paul Tracy 24
4 18 Bobby Labonte 24
5 14 Tony Stewart 24
6 9 Bill Elliott 24
7 48 Tony Kanaan 24
8 94 Chase Elliott 24
9 15 Michael Waltrip 24
10 98 Marco Andretti 24
11 1 Hailie Deegan 24
12 17 Willy T. Ribbs 24

Feature

Bill Elliott and Labonte, both well familiar with each other as fellow ex-Cup champions and regulars in the 1990s and 2000s, made up the front row to start the feature. The former led until the first caution came on lap 26 after hitting the green flag limit. Chase caught his dad during the ensuing run before another flag for the same reason came on lap 50.

Chase would take the lead before Ribbs produced the lone race-related yellow flag of the race after wrecking on lap 56, ending his night. Elliott and Stewart led the field to the restart with seventeen laps to go, and Elliott kept the spot until another green-flag limit caution came with seven laps left. Two laps following the restart, Marco Andretti spun two laps after contact from Paul Tracy.

The Andretti spin resulted in a five-lap run to the finish that saw Elliott hold off Stewart to win. Bill finished third to join his son and the series founder on the podium.

Feature results

Finish Number Driver Laps
1 94 Chase Elliott 77
2 14 Tony Stewart 77
3 9 Bill Elliott 77
4 18 Bobby Labonte 77
5 13 Paul Tracy 77
6 2 Ernie Francis Jr. 77
7 15 Michael Waltrip 77
8 48 Tony Kanaan 77
9 3 Hélio Castroneves 77
10 1 Hailie Deegan 77
11 98 Marco Andretti 77
12 17 Willy T. Ribbs 56

Season recap

Race Track Winner
1 Stafford Speedway Doug Coby
2 Knoxville Raceway Tony Stewart
3 Eldora Speedway Tony Stewart
4 Lucas Oil Raceway Ernie Francis Jr.
5 Slinger Speedway Marco Andretti

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