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Chase Elliott turned in another strong ISM Raceway performance in Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500.
Elliott’s third-place run was the first top five of the season for Hendrick Motorsports. But it was the young driver’s fourth top-10 run in five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the one-mile track.
“It was solid,” Elliott said. “A lot better than we have been for sure. We are just trying to gain. The guys did a good job, Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) made a good call, had a good pit stop there at the end to get us the lead. Just didn’t have what I needed to stay in front of Kevin (Harvick) for that long, there were a lot of laps left. We gave it our best effort today.”
Elliott had to battle Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin for position down the stretch as they tried to catch Harvick. He attributed track position and being in the spot to race inside the top-five to the No. 9 team.
“Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) made a good call there at the end and we had a good pit stop there to get into the lead and I just felt like I needed a little bit of drive there to put the power down in front of him,” Elliott explained. “I had a pretty good turn those last two runs and before that I wasn’t turning good enough and too good of forward bite.
“So, he was definitely the car to beat and it felt like there were a lot of laps left. I tried my best to hold him off as long as I could, but I felt like him and Kyle (Busch) had just a little bit on us.”
So the steady as she goes approach will continue to Elliott next week as NASCAR finishes up the West Coast swing at Auto Club Speedway.
“I felt like we made the most of what we had and we will move on to California,” he said.