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Bill Elliott brought home a top-5 finish for team owner Ray Evernham in the Dodge/Save Mart 350. Bill Elliott, in his No. 9 Dodge Dealer/UAW Dodge notched his second fourth-place finish of the year.

Elliott started the race in 12th place and reported loose conditions to start the race. During their first pit stop on lap 32, team director Mike Ford and the Dodge Squad made an air pressure and trackbar adjustment. Elliott pitted under green flag conditions and restarted in 16th place. Less than 20 laps later, a caution for debris was displayed, but Elliot stayed out despite reporting still slightly loose conditions. On lap 63, he brought his No. 9 Dodge in for service for the second time and took another air pressure and trackbar adjustment. The changes paid off as Elliott began to make up ground. As the rest of the field began to cycle through their pit stops, Elliott worked his way into the top five. He stayed there for the rest of the race, finishing in fourth. He moves up a spot in the Winston Cup points race to 19th, gaining valuable ground. Elliott is just 20 points out of the next spot and 235 points out of the top 10.

“I almost got another spot there at the end, but I tried not to get too excited,” Elliott said. “I’m proud of these guys. It was a good run for the Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. The Dodge camp needed that awful bad. We had a good race car. We just couldn’t get in the right position. A couple of cautions helped us get to the end, but I’m proud of what these guys have accomplished. We ended up with a little strategy. We’ve worked hard, and the last three or four weeks have been a struggle. To come out and have a good day like this makes us all feel good.

“It’s been me some, but it seems like we just hadn’t hit the combination. I’ve been nursing this foot along, and everything has gone well, but we needed this for the second half of the season. It’ll give us the inspiration we need to get the second half started right. I need to get this foot better, but we had a good, dependable car today and that’s what we need.”

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