Chase Ellliott now has the chance to do what his father, Bill, accomplished in 1988: a NASCAR stock car championship at the sport’s highest level.
Needing to win at Martinsville on Sunday to advance to the Championship 4 in Phoenix, the 24-year-old son of a legend delivered the greatest performance of his career to date. He led more laps than he had ever managed, and he stormed to an Xfinity 500 victory by a margin of more than six seconds.
Elliott was moved to tears by his dramatic afternoon.
Kevin Harvick, meanwhile, was stunned and eliminated despite entering the competition 42 points clear of the cut line. A subpar Stage 1 made way to a Stage 2 debacle in which a flat tire sent him multiple laps down. He fought back to the lead lap and tried a desperation move to catch up to Brad Keselowski on points but crashed as a result of the attempt.
Here’s the 2020 Championship 4 group of drivers:
- Joey Logano
- Denny Hamlin
- Brad Keselowski
- Chase Elliott
Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville. Follow below for complete results from the Xfinity 500.
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NASCAR at Martinsville results, highlights from 2020 playoff race
5:55 p.m.: Elliott wins at Martinsville! And Harvick is eliminated. Harvick made a desperate move at the end and spun out.
CHECKERED FLAG: Chase Elliott wins at Martinsville and wins his way into the Championship 4. Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin BOTH get in by ONE POINT.
Kevin Harvick misses it barely.
— Davey Segal (@DaveyCenter) November 1, 2020
5:54 p.m.: Five laps to go.
5:53 p.m.: Keselowski gains a spot on Harvick. Harvick on the brink of elimination.
5:52 p.m.: Elliott is pulling away. He’s up more than five seconds on the field with 10 laps to go.
5:51 p.m.: Hamlin not happy with Erik Jones.
Hamlin just yelled about someone getting into him. Guess it was Jones. Hamlin furious.
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) November 1, 2020
5:50 p.m.: Hamlin, Harvick and Keselowski are separated by three points. Any one of them could be eliminated.
5:50 p.m.: 16 laps to go.
5:48 p.m.: Elliott leads by more than four seconds. A win and he’s in. Harvick, meanwhile, is OUT by one point as it stands.
5:46 p.m.: Truex pits because of his loose wheel. There goes his season.
Truex says it might be the left front, he can’t tell which tire it is. “Coming to you. We’re f**ked” | #NASCAR
— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) November 1, 2020
5:46 p.m.: Alex Bowman has snuck into the top five.
5:44 p.m.: Truex is in trouble.
5:41 p.m.: LaJoie takes a penalty and Elliott takes the lead soon after.
5:38 p.m.: Because he was out of fresh tires anyway, Corey LaJoie is the only driver to stay out. He takes the lead and his social media team is having fun with it.
5:30 p.m.: Caution for Byron.