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NASCAR Heads to Northeast

Chase Elliott passed Corey LaJoie with under two laps to go and won at Atlanta under yellow after LaJoie spun and crashed on the final lap as the Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Ambetter 301. 


Elliott led 97 of the 260 laps. He also extended his points lead to 47 over Ryan Blaney and 50 over Ross Chastain. The race featured 27 lead changes among 12 drivers and 13 caution periods. 


Elliott and his father, Bill, are the only Georgia-born drivers to win in the Cup Series on the 1.54-mile layout. They join the Jarretts (Ned and Dale) and the Earnhardts (Dale and Dale Jr.) as father-son duos to win there. 


Elliott became the first three-time winner this season.


Aric Almirola won after starting 22nd last year.


Practice and qualifying is Saturday at 10:30 and the green flag drops around 2 pm on Sunday.


Georgia native Austin Hill led an eight-car train to the checkered flag at Atlanta, his first victory there after three consecutive second-place finishes in the XFinity race last weekend as the series also heads to New Hampshire this weekend.


Hill’s runner-up results came in the Truck Series in 2020 and 2021 and in last spring’s Xfinity Series race. He also earned the first stage win in his series career, taking the second stage. 


Pole-sitter Ty Gibbs had his chance at a season-best fifth victory end when he crashed after 93 laps. He limped home 35th. 


A.J. Allmendinger extended his points led to 29 over Gibbs and 30 over Justin Allgaier after his 15th top-10 run in 17 races.


Christopher Bell won after starting 14th last year.


Practice and qualifying is this afternoon at 4 pm and the green flag drops in Loudon, New Hampshire at 1:30 pm on Saturday.


The Camping World Truck Series is off this week and readies for the Poconos next weekend. 

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