Chase Elliott followed his Dover disappointment of a week ago with another second-place finish in Sunday’s Bank of America 500.
Elliott came within a lap and a half of scoring his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win last Sunday at Dover, only to be passed by Kyle Busch. Many wondered if the disappointment would weigh on Elliott and carry over to Sunday’s performance in Charlotte.
Any questions were put to rest when Elliott followed race winner Martin Truex Jr. across the finish line for his sixth career runner-up finish. It was his third second place of the playoffs and after four races, Elliott has a stellar 4.2 average finish.
“We needed to be a little better I think in the middle stage and not lose so much track position,” Elliott explained about his race. “That was where Martin came on and got his track position and we lost ours and it was just hard to get all of it back there toward the end. It was a hard-fought day and really, from where we were in those middle stages, I was proud of the way we fought back and were able to get back to the front.
“It’s frustrating to run like this. We’re definitely tired of running second. But, if we keep running like we are, hopefully the opportunities will be there.”
The finish moved Elliott further up the playoff standings and he’s 16 points ahead of the cut-off with two races left in the second round.
“Well, you need all you can get,” Elliott said. “We’ve just got to run like we were running today and if we keep doing that, it will figure itself out and that’s all you can ask for. So, we’re going to fight and go grab as much as we can and see what it’s got to offer.”
Now Elliott heads to Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday a track where he’s been very good at throughout his young Cup career although he was involved in an accident back in May.
“I enjoy going to Talladega,” he said. “I tried to create lift last time, so I’d like to keep all four on the ground and just keep it rolling there at the end and we’ll put up a good fight.”
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