NASCAR at Atlanta 2022 Results: Chase Elliott Wins Under Caution After LaJoie Crash

Doric SamJuly 10, 2022

HAMPTON, GEORGIA - JULY 10: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10, 2022 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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Chase Elliott won the Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday after Corey LaJoie's crash on the final lap. It was Elliott's third Cup Series victory of the season.


RETWEET TO CONGRATULATE CHASE ELLIOTT ON THE WIN AT HIS HOME TRACK! The Georgia boy gets it done at Atlanta Motor Speedway. <a href="https://t.co/XJVTS8BKLw">pic.twitter.com/XJVTS8BKLw</a>


HOMETOWN HERO!<a href="https://twitter.com/chaseelliott?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@chaseelliott</a> wins as the caution flies at <a href="https://twitter.com/amsupdates?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@amsupdates</a>! <a href="https://t.co/XXLsyBZkBA">pic.twitter.com/XXLsyBZkBA</a>

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

CRASH! LaJoie went for it, crashed, Chase Elliott wins.

The Georgia native led 96 of the 260 laps on Sunday, and it's his first career win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in nine starts. Elliott is the only NASCAR driver with three victories this season.

Ross Chastain, who was involved in multiple crashes on Sunday, placed second, while Austin Cindric finished third.

Here's a look at the top 10 finishers from Sunday's race, as well as a recap of the action.

Quaker State 400 Results

1. Chase Elliott

2. Ross Chastain

3. Austin Cindric

4. Erik Jones

5. Ryan Blaney

6. Daniel Suarez

7. Justin Haley

8. Aric Almirola

9. Cole Custer

10. Harrison Burton

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Sunday's race opened with a battle between Elliott and Ryan Blaney and for the front of the pack. Elliott's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman gave him some help with a push that allowed him to take the win in Stage One. It was the 26-year-old's first time winning a stage at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


Blaney takes the lead.<br><br>Elliott takes it back.<br><br>But watch that HUGE push from Bowman 👀. <a href="https://t.co/PsdHSTaDKE">pic.twitter.com/PsdHSTaDKE</a>

The second stage was a bit more eventful, as the new pavement on the track began to cause problems for some drivers. A huge wreck occurred when Chastain ran into the back bumper of Martin Truex Jr., thereby taking out several other drivers as well.


They found the edge.<br><br>A huge wreck collects multiple drivers at <a href="https://twitter.com/amsupdates?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@amsupdates</a>. <a href="https://t.co/sGbNq5aY3C">pic.twitter.com/sGbNq5aY3C</a>

Austin Dillon, who was involved in the crash, admonished Chastain for continuing to race so aggressively despite his issues throughout the 2022 season.

"When you've got guys like him out there wrecking half the field, you might as well take a different strategy sometimes," Dillon said.


"Looks like we were just a casualty of Ross Chastain again."<a href="https://twitter.com/austindillon3?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@austindillon3</a> was okay after hard contact in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QS400?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QS400</a>. <a href="https://t.co/fIgjlg2K9H">pic.twitter.com/fIgjlg2K9H</a>

Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

ADillon on Chastain: "You're pressing the back bumper of the guy and you can tell, it looked like he got loose (in front of him) and he just stayed in it. ... I haven't seen a good (replay), it's more of the fact that he's in that same area and part of the wreck."

Tom Bowles @NASCARBowles

From <a href="https://twitter.com/FSBradH?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FSBradH</a>… <a href="https://twitter.com/austindillon3?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@austindillon3</a> still venting his frustration over <a href="https://twitter.com/RossChastain?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RossChastain</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/Frontstretch?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Frontstretch</a> <br><br>“It just seems like every week, he’s a part of something.”<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nascar?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nascar</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QuakerState400?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QuakerState400</a> <a href="https://t.co/5AKopUxLkR">pic.twitter.com/5AKopUxLkR</a>

Stage Two ended with Bowman running into the wall after a tire issue, which ended up giving Elliott another playoff point and a sweep of the early stages.


Alex Bowman has a tire failure and hits the wall, bringing an end to Stage 2.<br><br>Chase Elliott takes the stage win and earns another playoff point. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a> <a href="https://t.co/vZkfTrdekA">pic.twitter.com/vZkfTrdekA</a>

Early in Stage Three, another wreck took down multiple contenders after Garrett Smithley in the No. 15 car lost control. The crash ended the day for William Byron, who had been victorious at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this spring, and Tyler Reddick.


Contenders see their days come to an end. <a href="https://t.co/8fopwkS5Ag">pic.twitter.com/8fopwkS5Ag</a>

Elliott emerged as the leader as we got toward the home stretch, but he had some unlikely competition from LaJoie, who surpassed the most laps he's ever led in a single race on Sunday.

Some tire issues by Christopher Bell brought out another caution flag with 19 laps remaining, but most of the other drivers avoided any substantial damage. He also had some problems on pit road when one of his tires flew off, which could lead to some discipline from NASCAR.


Things go from bad to worse for the No. 20. <a href="https://t.co/RLAKuckhl6">pic.twitter.com/RLAKuckhl6</a>

Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

It is NASCAR discretion if that would be four-race suspensions for the wheel coming off on pit road for Bell.

Shortly after the restart, another major wreck happened when Chastain ran into Denny Hamlin with 13 laps to go in the race. It's not the first time this season that Hamlin has been the victim of Chastain's aggression on the track.


Denny. <br><br>Ross.<br><br>An entanglement. <a href="https://t.co/Ll2Wgd0RP1">pic.twitter.com/Ll2Wgd0RP1</a>

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Was waiting to see replay, but...yep. Looks like Chastain came up the track a bit and tapped Hamlin to spin him out. The bad blood continues.


😳 Another one 😳 <a href="https://t.co/F4nQP1QPef">https://t.co/F4nQP1QPef</a> <a href="https://t.co/sdZqKBZLpz">pic.twitter.com/sdZqKBZLpz</a>

Some issues in the back of the field immediately after the restart caused another quick caution. LaJoie took advantage and emerged as the leader with a few laps to go.


A perfect restart puts <a href="https://twitter.com/CoreyLaJoie?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CoreyLaJoie</a> on point before the caution comes out.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QS400?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QS400</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/USA_Network?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USA_Network</a> <a href="https://t.co/jxpQPUm4oQ">pic.twitter.com/jxpQPUm4oQ</a>

Elliott didn't give up and eventually passed LaJoie, who then tried to get aggressive on the final lap in a last-ditch effort to earn his first Cup Series victory. But it just wasn't meant to be, as LaJoie got loose and ran into the wall. Elliott was ahead of Chastain at the time of the caution, giving him the victory in his home state.


Another wild one to add to a wild season. <a href="https://t.co/jhQ35Uvnna">pic.twitter.com/jhQ35Uvnna</a>

Elliott's father, Bob Elliott, had also won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his NASCAR career. They are now the second father-son duo to have victories at the racetrack, joining Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

There are three playoff spots left for grabs as the drivers will now turn their attention to next Sunday's Ambetter 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The race is set to begin at 3 p.m. ET.