NASCAR at Texas 2014 Results: Race Order, Final Times and Twitter Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2014

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 04:  Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
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Chase Elliott took over the lead on the 185th lap and held on to win his first race at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The young rookie led for 38 total laps and finished strong to earn the victory in just his sixth event. The Nationwide Series Twitter account was certainly excited for the win:

Kyle Busch finished in second place, while Kyle Larson was able to finish in third in a loaded field.

Here is a look at the top finishers in Friday's race:

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas Results
1Chase Elliott9-
2Kyle Busch542.666 sec
3Kyle Larson422.799 sec
4Kevin Harvick53.429 sec
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.884.474 sec
6Matt Kenseth205.326 sec
7Regan Smith76.933 sec
8Dave Blaney227.850 sec
9Ty Dillon39.119 sec
10Elliott Sadler1110.159 sec
via ESPN

This Nationwide Series event was loaded from the start with numerous big names following pole-sitter Kevin Harvick:

Harvick was able to keep the lead for a good portion of the race at the beginning, but he was not without a challenge:

Eventually, the veteran was forced to give up the lead as Busch took over the top spot:

These talented drivers continued to battle for a good portion of the race, but a new name moved himself into the running in the second half in Elliott. The 18-year-old driver showed that he is among the best in the competition despite his young age.

Steve O'Donnell of notes how well the son of former champion Bill Elliott had been overall:

Going forward, it became a teammate battle as Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his push to the front:

Earnhardt eventually made his way to the front, but this did not last long as a variety of drivers rallied to the front. This continued until one accident that caused a caution:

Harvick was the fourth into the pit but the first to leave, giving himself the lead that he seemed unwilling to give up. Of course, this was still underrating one particular rookie driver.

On the 185th lap, Elliott zoomed past Harvick, creating a dramatic finish that brought fans to the edge of their seats:

Despite a tough challenge from Busch, Elliott was able to hold on for the victory. This is quite a change for the young competitors from his normal activities:

His mother was quite proud of him watching along, via ESPN:

Once he was able to take in the moment, Elliott was quite excited as well:

This will certainly remain a historic moment in the career of Chase Elliott. With the true talent on display in this race, it seems likely this is the first of many wins.

If he can continue to improve at this level, he will be winning Sprint Cup Series titles before too long.


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