Erik Jones was main on the ultimate lap however the drivers behind him have been getting antsy to make a transfer. Kyle Larson moved to the highest lane to get round him and Jones adopted him in an try to dam.
Chastain, who was operating third on the final lap, elected to stay on backside lane and when these round darted up the observe, he stayed low and held off Austin Dillon by zero.105 seconds to earn his second profession win and second this season.
It’s additionally the Trackhouse Racing driver’s second win within the final 5 races for the workforce.
“Holy cow. I’m at all times the one going to the highest too early and making the error,” Chastain mentioned. “With eight to go, I used to be like, ‘No I’m not going up there. I’ll simply journey the underside. I’m not going to lose the race for us.’
“I don’t know [what happened]. They stored shifting out of the best way!”
Requested what he thought was potential becoming a member of Trackhouse this season, Chastain mentioned: “Justin Marks [team co-owner] and what he laid out for us was formidable, I had no thought what to anticipate aside from I’d have my group from final yr.
“They have been believing in us. We had plenty of races open [for sponsorship] to start out this yr, they’re nearly all crammed now.”
Race winner Ross Chastain, TrackHouse Racing, Moose Fraternity Chevrolet Camaro
Picture by: John Harrelson / NKP / Motorsport Images
Jones, dejected, mentioned he wished he had made a special choice on the ultimate lap.
“That final lap, proper? I’ve been shut right here so many occasions,” he mentioned. “I felt fairly good, however that prime line was getting momentum. Trying again, I want I’d stayed on the underside.
“I attempted to defend [against Larson]. It’s what it’s, simply attempting to win the race.”
Kyle Busch additionally profited from the errors forward to seize third place forward of Larson in fourth and Martin Truex Jr in fifth.
Regardless of main the ultimate lap Jones may solely handle a lowly sixth place within the circumstances, in entrance of Chase Elliott, who continues to guide the drivers’ championship even with out discovering that overdue first win of the season.
Richmond winner Denny Hamlin, who had been operating within the entrance group late within the race, was pressured to pit with three laps remaining as a result of he was low on gas and completed in 18th place.
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