– Chase Elliott had it, the first win in 70 career Cup starts, in his sight, the white flag about to drop.

But the son of a NASCAR Hall of Fame driver could not find his way out of thick traffic, and Kyle Busch was ready to pounce. Busch spoiled Elliott’s bid at his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory Sunday, taking the lead with two laps left to win Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

Elliott was stunned that he let the lead slip away.

“I’m just so disappointed in myself,” Elliott said. “Golly. I couldn’t have had it any easier. I gave it away.”

Busch went high on the concrete track and zipped past Elliott to win for the second straight week.

Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch and Brickyard 400 winner Kasey Kahne were eliminated as the playoff field was cut from 16 drivers.

Associated Press