On a hot Fourth of July afternoon, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to Elkhart Lake and Road America for the first time in 65 years. Capping off a doubleheader weekend, the drivers will run 62 laps around the four mile track in the Jockey Made in America 250.

Several drivers saw difficulties during the two rounds of qualifying after yellow and red flags hampered and stopped their attempts to qualify for the race.

On the track both times the yellow flag came out, Chase Elliott did not make a qualifying run.

Kyle Busch wrecked his car during practice on Saturday and will start the race from the back of the field in a backup car; as a result, Busch did not make a qualifying run.

Bubba Wallace was on the track when he had a mechanical issue and did not complete the run.

Austin Dillon, Chase Briscoe, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Ty Dillon also failed to make it on the track for a qualifying run and will start the race from the back of the field.

After two rounds of qualifying it will be an all Hendrick Motorsports front row with William Byron on the pole and Kyle Larson starting alongside.

The starting lineup for the Jockey Made in America 250:
William Byron
Kyle Larson
AJ Allmendinger
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cidric
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell
Joey Logano
Cole Custer
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Justin Haley
Corey LaJoie
Anthony Alfredo
Kevin Harvick
James Davison
Josh Bilicki
Ryan Newman
Cody Ware
Kyle Tilley
Ryan Eversley
Ryan Preece
Quin Houff
Chase Elliott
Chase Briscoe
Bubba Wallace
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ty Dillon
Kyle Busch

Stage one of the race is 14 laps long, stage two lasts 15 laps, and stage three is 33 laps long for a total of 62 laps around the four mile track.

Waiting for the race to begin, one couple became engaged at the track.

Justin Haley will start the race from the back of the field after an engine change.

The drivers have a total of six sets of tires for today’s race.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and gets out in front of team mate William Byron to lead the race going into turn one. AJ Allmendinger challenges Kyle Larson for second place.

The top five are William Byron, Khyle Larson, AJ Allmendinger, Tyler Reddick, and Austin Cindric.

AJ Allmendinger reports that the helmet air hose has fallen off. Air temps are in the upper 80’s with temps inside the car reaching as much as 150 degrees.

Lap two, William Byron has pulled out to a half a second on Kyle Larson; AJ Allmendinger, Tyler Reddick, and Austin Cindric round out the top five. Kyle Busch has already moved up to 28th place.

Lap three, Daniel Suarez is stopped on the track, bringing out the first caution flag of the race. The tream reports a possible transmission issue. Suarez is looking for a push, not exiting the race. The push truck arrives and Suarez is on his way to the garage for repairs.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap five and edges out William Byron for the lead.

The top five are William Byron, Kyle Larson, AJ Allmendinger, Tyler Reddick, and Austin Cindric. Kyle Busch is up to 25th. Daniel Suarez is off the track.

After starting in 34th, Chase Ellittiot has entered the top 20 in 17th.

Alex Bowman is reporting his water temps are a bit high at 270 degrees.

Lap six, Kyle Larson pases William Byron but gets off the course in the corner and Byron retakes the lead. Larson comes back on the track in third.

Lap six, the top five are William Byron, AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, and Austin Cindric.

Kyle Busch has entered the top 20.

Lap seven, William Byron has a lead of nearly a second on AJ Allmendinger; Kyle Larson is two seconds back in third.

Ryan Preece takes his smoking car to the garage.

Lap nine, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of over a second on AJ Allmendinger; Kyle Larson is over three seconds back in third with Tyler Reddick and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five. Kyle Busch has moved up 23 spots to 17th since race start.

Lap 10, William Byron has led every lap so far and has a lead of over a second on AJ Allmendinger. Kyle Busch is 16 seconds back in 16th place.

Ty Dillion spins out with just three laps remaining in stage one but the track stays green.

Kyle Tilley gets into the gravel.

Several drivers short pit and come down pit road for service before the end of the stage.

The caution flag comes out on lap 12 after Kyle Tilley gets stuck in the gravel.

Austin Dillon was caught speeding on pit road.

Michael McDowell and Chase Briscoe were both charged with driving through too many pit boxes during their pit stops.

Stage one ends under the caution flag with William Byron winning the stage.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
William Byron
AJ Allmendinger
Kyle Larson
Tyler Reddick
Ross Chastain
Denny Hamlin
Christopher Bell
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott

A road course, the drivers pit “backwards” to what they normally do. It is causing some issues for some teams.

Drivers come down pit road for service. William Byron wins the race off of pit road. Drivers who short pitted stay out on the track.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Matt DiBenedetto alongside on lap 16. Kyle Busch restarts the race in fourth place. Martin Truex Jr gets out in front from the outside lane but Austin Cindric takes the lead from the outside lane on turn number one.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Aric Almirola.

Bubba Wallace passes Aric Almirola for fifth.

Lap 17, of the cars that made a pit stop at the end of the stage, William Byron has moved up to sixth place.

Lap 18, Austin Cindric leads the race with Matt DiBenedetto on his bumper; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Willaim Byron round out the top five.

Ryan Preece is out of the race. Daniel Suarez returns to the track 10 laps down.

Lap 19, Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Cindric battle for the lead with Kyle Busch on their bumper.

Matt DiBenedetto takes the lead.

Lap 20, Matt DiBenedetto has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron round out the top five. There are 37 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch and Austin Cincdric battle for second.

Denny Hamlin reports some possible brake issues. He gets off the track and into the gravel but makes a run through the gravel and grass to get back on the track.

Lap 22, Matt DiBenedetto has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron round out the top five.

Hamlin reports some brake fade and wheel hop issues. He has a great deal of grass on his grille. Hamlin is currently in 15th place.

Brad Keselowski gets off the track but gets the car moving again. With seven laps remaining in stage two, Austin Cindric is riding on leader Matt DiBenedetto’s bumper, challenging for the lead.

Lap 22, Austin Cindric passes Matt DiBenedetto for the lead. Kyle Busch takes second.

Austin Cindric gets off the course, Kyle Busch passes to take the lead.

Austin Cindric spins out but gets back on the track. He is reporting a possible gear issue.

Lap 24, Austin Cindric brings his car down pit road. After a check from the crew, Cindric takes his car to the garage.

Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr; Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Corey LaJoie spins out after some contact with Austin Dillon and gets into the grass. He gets the car moving again but drops some dirt and grass on the track.

Matt DiBenedetto is reporting a possible tire issue and has to bring his car down pit road.

Three laps remain in stage two, some drivers are short pitting before pit road closes.

Lap 26, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr; Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Leader Kyle Busch makes his pit stop just before pit road closes with Martin Truex Jr following behind. Tyler Reddick is the new leader.

Kurt Busch gets off the track but gets moving again leaving a lot of grass on his grille and the track.

Martin Truex Jr was caught speeding on pit road.

Tyler Reddick wins stage two for his second career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Tyler Reddick
William Byron
Ross Chastain
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Bubba Wallace
Justin Haley
Kyle Busch

Lap 30, looking to bunch the field up, NASCAR has not opened pit road.

Lap 32, pit road is open and the drivers who did not short pit come down pit road. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

The drivers cannot complete stage three on a single load of fuel and will have to make a pit stop.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane on lap 33 with Chase Elliott alongside. Kyle Busch jumps out in front for the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Briscoe.

Matt DiBenedetto battle Kyle Busch for the lead and takes the top spot.

Matt DiBenedetto’s crew reports that his tire issue was a manufacturer issue not a race issue.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap with Austin Cindric off the track and Ryan Preece out of the race.

Not surprising, the fastest cars on the lap are the top five drivers.

Lap 35, Matt DiBenedetto has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch; Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Chase Elliott takes second from Kyle Busch.

Lap 37, Matt DiBenedetto continues to lead the race with a one second lead on Chase Elliott; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Briscoe round ou t the top five.

Lap 38, Chase Elliott battles Matt DiBenedetto for the lead and takes the spot; Kyle Busch is in third half a second back.

Kyle Busch battle Matt DiBenedetto for second and takes the spot.

Matt DiBenedetto reports that he is losing some grip in the right hand turns – eight of the 14 turns are righthanders.

Ryan Blaney has some damage to the hood of his car.

Austin Cincric returns to the track 14 laps down.

Lap 40, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Busch; Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

The drivers will have to come down pit road for pit stops in the next handful of laps.

Denny Hamlin has passed Matt DiBenedetto for third.

Lap 42, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a three second lead on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto, ad Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Christopher Bell passes Matt DiBenedetto for fourth.

Anthony Alfredo gets into the gravel on lap 43. He reports that he thinks he blew a tire. The caution flag is out.

With 20 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are at the edge of their pit window to make it to the end of the race on one more load of fuel.

Lap 43, pit road is open and the drivers make their pit stops. Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit roads. He reported to his team that he is “getting his butt kicked” out there.

After staying out on the track, Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart with Ryan Blaney alongside. Both drivers had issues and made their pit stops just before the caution flag came out.

Aric Almirola gets out in front for the lead but battles with Kyle Busch for the lead.

Kyle Busch is the new leader with Chase Elliott in second; Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Ryan Eversley is out of the race.

Lap 45, Chase Elliott passes Kyle Busch for the lead.

Kyle Larson passes Ryan Blaney for fifth.

With 16 laps to go, Chase Elliott has a one second lead on Kyle Busch; Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Anthony Alfredo is out of the race.

Fifteen to go, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 49, William Byron makes a run through the gravel but gets back on the track and there is no caution.

With 14 laps to go, Chase Elliott has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch; Kyle Larson Denny Hamlin, and Christopher Bell round out the top five. Prior to the race, Chase Elliott reported that they were no good because he couldn’t find his rhythm.

Austin Cindric is off the track.

With 34 cars on the lead lap, Chase Elliott has a lead of over two second on Kyle Busch with 13 laps remaining in the race; Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Twelve to go, Chase Elliott has a two and a half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Christopher Bell passes Kyle Larson for third.

Ten to go, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Kyle Busch; Christopher Bell is in third over six seconds back with Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Only nine laps remain in the race, Chase Elliott has increased his lead over Kyle Busch to four seconds; Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick is reporting some brake issues; saying that they are fading.

Six to go, team mates Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman make contact and Larson spins out. Both drivers get moving again and the track stays green. Alex Bowman reports that he is out of brakes. Bowman’s car is smoking with some tire rub in the right rear.

Five to go, Chase Elliott has a five second lead on Kyle Busch; Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Several drivers have come down pit road for service.

The tire smoke on Alex Bowman’s car has lessened. Bowman’s crew chief calls for Bowman gives up a top five spot to come down pit road.

Christopher Bell passes Kyle Busch for second.

Four laps to go, Chase Elliott has a six second lead on Christopher Bell; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

William Byron is the last car on the lead lap in 34th position.

Two laps remain in the race, Christopher Bell has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliott to under six seconds; Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe makes a run through the gravel but keeps the car moving and gets back on the track.

With a lead of over five and a half seconds, Chase Elliott takes the white flag.

Chase Elliott breaks a five way tie to win his seventh career road course race after starting the race near the back of the pack.

Hendrick Motorsports has won half of the races this season.

The unofficial results of the Jockey Made in America 250:
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Tyler Reddick
Martin Truex Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Brad Keselowski
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Cole Custer
Chris Buescher
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie
Bubba Wallace
Justin Haley
Alex Bowman
Josh Bilicki
Ty Dillon
Kevin Harvick
James Davison
Cody Ware
AJ Allmendinger
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
William Byron
Quin Houff
Kyle Tilley
Daniel Suarez
Anthony Alfredo
Austin Cindric
Ryan Eversley
Ryan Preece