Youngster Chase Elliott wins second straight Nationwide Series race

PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer Published:

Associated Press

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Chase Elliott passed Elliott Sadler on the final lap night to win his second straight Nationwide Series race, going from fifth to first on the final two laps Friday night.

Elliott, an 18-year-old high school senior and son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, broke through for his first series win last week at Texas when he passed Sprint Cup veteran Kevin Harvick. At Darlington, Elliott moved past Sadler when the veteran got loose coming off Turn 2 on a restart two laps from the end.

Sadler held on for second while Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch were third and fourth.

Busch led by 1.5 seconds and was seemingly cruising to victory until Tanner Berryhill's spin forced a final restart.

HARVICK WINS FIRST DARLINGTON POLE

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

Harvick came out on top in the first knockout qualifying session at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway since the circuit made the change from single-car laps. Joey Logano, the winner Monday in Texas, was second, followed by Aric Almirola.

Almirola finished first in the second of three rounds of qualifying and set a track record of 184.145 mph, shattering Kurt Busch's mark of 181.918 set last May when the Southern 500 was held on Mother's Day weekend. It's the sixth time in eight races this season the qualifying record fell.

Almirola's teammate, Marcos Ambrose, was fourth, followed by Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch.

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