Chase Elliott was forced to settle for a second-place finish in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Elliott wasn’t able to get by race winner Brad Keselowski in the closing laps and took the checkered flag in the runner-up position. While Elliott was disappointed with the outcome, he was able to give Hendrick Motorsports its first top-five finish of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
“It’s really tough,” Elliott said after the race. “Our NAPA Camaro was good. I felt like we were about as even with him as we could be. I felt like when he did get the lead, there was a little advantage to being out front, being able to work traffic your way and kind of play off it and whatnot.
“I tried to move up there at the end, and I don’t know if I could have got to him. Maybe if I moved up a little sooner maybe. But I tried to get to him there in 3. I was pretty well content on moving him out of the way. But maybe next time.”
Elliott has always run well at Martinsville but is still looking for his first Cup win at the Virginia short track. He left on Sunday wondering what might have been.
“We needed to win this race today,” Elliott said. “This was the best chance we had to win all year.”