Elliott joins his father as winner of NASCAR’s All-Star race

Fans wait for the start of a NASCAR All-Star Open auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Fans wait for the start of a NASCAR All-Star Open auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Cue the siren at the Dawsonville Pool Room - another Elliott is an All-Star winner.

Chase Elliott joined his father, Hall of Famer "Awesome" Bill Elliott, as winner of NASCAR's annual All-Star race, earning the $1 million prize Wednesday in front of limited spectators at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"Oh my gosh, I can't believe it," Elliott said.

Back in their Georgia hometown, the pool room marks every win by the father or son by blaring its horn no matter the time of day or night.

Elliott won the second and third stages of the event and earned the right to choose which lane he wanted to restart for the final 15-lap sprint to the finish. He picked the outside lane and pulled buddy Ryan Blaney with him on the restart but was never challenged and beat Kyle Busch to the finish line.

Bill Elliott won the race in 1986, the only year it was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race began in 1985 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and was held at that North Carolina track every year but one until it was moved during this pandemic-altered year.

Tennessee officials allowed NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports to sell 30,000 tickets to the All-Star race, so it was moved from Charlotte because North Carolina would not authorize spectators for the race.

"What a better night to have fans back," Elliott said. "There's nothing like Bristol. There's no feeling like it. This speaks for itself, Bristol is an electric atmosphere. We'll take that million dollars back to Georgia."