By: Ashley McCubbin
Known for being absolutely chaotic, it was a pretty much status quo day at Charlotte Motor Speedway when the checkered flag waved on Sunday.
Those who proved their performance through the season were able to score enough points to advance, while others were left on the outside. The most surprising being defending series champion Kyle Busch, but it seems to fit how things have gone for him in 2020 with not a lot going his way. It’s hard to imagine a season without him visiting victory lane, but could very well be reality in four weeks.
For most part, everybody kept their cars going the right direction, except a few who found themselves facing the wrong way or stuck in the wet grass at times. But overall, it was a smooth day with no over dramatics and a calm close to the finish. Nothing like the chaos experienced the day before with rain.
Chase Elliott has become the king of the road, and that shined through once again on Sunday. He found his way to the front, stretching out a couple second advantage over the field to give himself a clear path to victory. While watching him win is no surprise, seeing adversity along the way becoming a norm is not something you should celebrate. He had to work for the victory, driving through the field after having a left front loose after pitting.
Although he was able to overcome those issues on Sunday, issues in execution are something to not be taken lightly, considering they may be the reason why the No. 9 misses the Round of 4 once again in 2020. After all, performance wasn’t as strong at Kansas Speedway or Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season with a pair of results outside the top-10. We also know he can run well at Martinsville Speedway, but the fall race hasn’t always been kind.
Erik Jones scored a runner-up, which bodes well for his situation right now as he looks for a new ride for 2020. He commented post-race that he should have things set in stone this week, which is always good news.