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Elliott ends 42-race winless drought with a win at Fort Worth

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Hooters-sponsored driver Chase Elliott has picked up his first win of the season. He won the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 on Sunday at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

This is Elliott’s 19th career NASCAR Cup Series. He ended a lengthy 42-race drought that spanned back to the 2022 season.

Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400
Chase Elliott celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

“It couldn’t feel any better, first off thanks to everyone that came out today, you guys are unbelievable,” said Elliott. “Couldn’t be more grateful for this journey and kinda the path that hasn’t always been fun but certainly have enjoyed working with our guys.”

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Elliott joins a list of drivers to get a win this season. William Byron leads the pack with three wins. Denny Hamlin is second with two wins.

Then, after these two drivers, Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Larson have a win.

“Oh man, it couldn’t feel any better,” a smiling Elliott said, who did a “reverse” victory lap around the track in homage to the late series champion Alan Kulwicki, whose car was also sponsored by the Hooters restaurant chain that Elliott’s car carried on Sunday. “Couldn’t be any more grateful for this journey and the fact it hasn’t always been fun, but certainly, I have enjoyed working with our guys.

“We’ve been working really hard and really well together and that’s always been fun. We’ve enjoyed the fight together.”

BuildSubmarines.com sponsored driver Brad Keselowski finished second. Keselowski’s Ford was the only Ford-manufactured car in the Top 5.

“We didn’t have a ton of speed, I was more frustrated than anything because I feel like we have a great team and we don’t have the speed to go with it and we’re doing all we can do to overcome that,” Keselowski said, adding: “So proud of the team for the pit stops, the strategy and the execution [Sunday].”

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Liberty University-sponsored driver Byron finished third.

The Beast Unleashed sponsored driver Tyler Reddick finished fourth. Kubota-sponsored driver Suarez finished fifth.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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