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Wednesday night's midweek All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway went off without a hitch for Chase Elliott who, in a dominating performance, won two stages and the race to collect the million-dollar reward. The race was the first time that a track other than Charlotte Motor Speedway held the event since Elliott's father Bill won at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The night effectively became a battle for supremacy between Elliott and Ryan Blaney, who shared leadership duties through the 140 laps. In the final segments, Elliott had the race firmly in his grasp, and the uncharacteristic lack of attrition allowed him to cruise to victory once he got out front.
The NASCAR Cup series has a quick turnaround this week as they return to points racing this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Last year's winners at the track were Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick, which makes a perfect precursor to the script this weekend as the pair battles head to head for the most wins in the 2020 season. Wednesday's momentum could give drivers like Elliott and Blaney some renewed fuel to upset that balance of power, however.
Chase Elliott – Elliott won his first All-Star Race with a top-notch performance Wednesday night at Bristol. His night started in the middle of the pack, but he eventually gained track position and took over the lead in the second segment, which he went on to win along with the third stage. He led 60 laps in total, sharing the