On a Saturday night in downtown Music City, it was clear that the Superstar Racing Experience had saved its best for last. The final race of the inaugural Camping World SRX Series season turned into a night to remember between Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, Awesome Chase from the Same Place, and Smoke.
After racing his father up front for much of the night, reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott was able to hold off Tony Stewart in the final laps to win the SRX finale at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. The Elliotts spent much of the night up front, with Bill Elliott leading much of the early portion of the race before washing up in turns 1 and 2 on a restart, allowing his son to take a lead he would never relinquish.
"I had a ball. I got to race against one of my heroes, I got to race against Dad there throughout the race. And those are moments I'll cherish forever," Chase Elliott told CBS Sports in Victory Lane. "… I don't know what lit a fire under (Bill) tonight, but he was as aggressive as I've seen him in years. It was amazing and a lot of fun.
"I thought it was gonna be between he and I, and I think he just got a little high into (turn) one and missed that restart. But other than that, it was so much fun."
While Tony Stewart ran second to Chase Elliott, he likewise left the night victorious. Stewart won the SRX Championship, earning enough points during the heat races to clinch the title prior to the feature. Stewart's SRX Championship is now the latest accolade on a racing resume that includes three NASCAR Cup Series championships, the 1997 Indy Racing League championship, and the final IROC championship in 2006.
Stewart led the six week series in wins, sweeping the dirt races at Knoxville and Eldora. In all, SRX's race winners were Stewart, Doug Coby (Stafford), Ernie Francis Jr. (Indianapolis), Marco Andretti (Slinger), and Chase Elliott (Nashville).
SRX at Nashville Fairgrounds Results
- Chase Elliott
- Tony Stewart
- Bill Elliott
- Bobby Labonte
- Paul Tracy
- Ernie Francis Jr.
- Michael Waltrip
- Tony Kanaan
- Helio Castroneves
- Hailie Deegan
- Marco Andretti
- Willy T. Ribbs (DNF)