After two and a half months of waiting, Dawsonville native Chase Elliott won big at the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday night.
In early March, Elliott had accepted a challenge that fellow driver Kevin Harvick posted on twitter, claiming he would personally give $50,000 to any driver that could beat Kyle Busch in an Outdoors Truck race. Businessman Marcus Lemonis matched the wager, doubling it to $100,000.
During the race on Tuesday night, Elliott was able to put his truck racing skills to the test, holding off Busch, who was surging late.
After the race, it was announced that Harvick and Lemonis will donate the $100,000 bounty to a COVID-19 relief fund of Elliott’s choice.
This win comes after a week of disappointment for Elliott, who narrowly missed victories in two races last week due to accidents and bad luck.
On Wednesday, May 21, Elliott was knocked out of the Toyota 500 late in the race, after being spun into a wall by driver Kyle Busch.
After clinching his win on Tuesday, Elliott saluted the crowd with Busch’s signature bow, seemingly mocking the defeated driver.
On Wednesday night Elliott will race in the Alsco Uniforms 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott will start the race just behind Busch in the 19th position.