NASCAR: Five Takeaways From The GEICO 500 At Talladega

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Chase Elliot won the pole for the Geico 500 and led several laps at the start of the race.
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Chase Elliott Shows His Strength

Chase Elliot sat on the pole for the Daytona 500 and did the same thing for the Geico 500. The rookie driver who is now the full-time driver for the 24 car has starting show his strengths in the Sprint Cup Series, specifically at restrictor-plate races.

At Talladega though, it was more than just a pole position that made Chase Elliot so impressive. He was able to lead several of the starting laps as he ran the bottom lane, and when the middle lane started to build up speed, Elliot was able to maneuver and draft off the other drivers.

He would eventually get passed, but fought back byLap 29 and took the lead from Matt Kenseth. For a rookie driver to lead laps at Talladega and successfully draft off the other drivers to stay out in front is extremely impressive. Even more impressive, is how the young driver was able to avoid several of the wrecks throughout the day and finished in fourth place.

Elliot continues to show why he is one of the best upcoming drivers and at Talladega he continued to show his strength at restrictor-plate races.

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