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'A lesson I’m never going to forget': Chase Elliott wins Alsco Uniforms 500
Elliott at Chicago
Chase Elliott raced to a second place finish at the Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 17 in the first round of the NASCAR Cup series playoffs. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Dawsonville native Chase Elliott refused to let any more bad luck come his way on Thursday night, crossing the finish line first and winning the Alsco Uniforms 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After several races over the last week with close calls at a top finish squashed by bad luck, Elliott said that going into the Thursday’s race, he was waiting for something to go wrong. 

"I was just waiting for the caution to come out, to be honest with you," Elliott said in an interview with Fox Sports after the race. "I thought either the caution was going to come out, I was going to break something or I was gonna crash. Just after the last couple weeks, surely I wasn't going to get a green to the end, so I'm just glad I did."

However, bad luck couldn't touch Elliott during the Alsco Uniforms 500. 

Elliott said in an interview with the Charlotte Observer that his victory on Tuesday during the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 had not made up for Sunday’s disappointing finish, but that this win might do the trick. 

Elliott said that he has been reminded over and over again recently that the race is not over until it’s over. That fact has kept him grounded these last week of overall successful outcomes. 

“And that’s a lesson I’m never going to forget,” Elliott said. 

Thursday night’s win puts Elliott (290) back in third place on the overall standings, leaving only Joey Logano (317) and Kevin Harvick (331) to pass on his path to a Sprint Cup Series title. 

Nascar decided to push the Alsco Uniforms 500 from Wednesday to Thursday due to inclement weather. They had an hour-long delay in Thursday’s race. 

Elliot and his team will be back Sunday night in Bristol, Tenn., to compete in the Supermarket Heroes 500, presented by Food City. The race is scheduled to begin on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.