Chase Elliott passed Hamlin in the final laps and crossed the finish line 1.972-seconds behind Martin Truex Jr. for his third straight top five finish in Martinsville. It was also his fourth in his last five tries there overall too. While being second place means you’re also the first loser, for Elliott, he’s just happy to get there this weekend. See, this was his third top 10 in the last four races on the season but just his third top five result of the season.
He didn’t lead a lap among 500 of them of Sunday, but was fourth in both stages and was next best in class. It was a day that he’s been wanting though, something uneventful.
“Yeah, I mean, like I said, every week I feel like it’s been one thing or another, a bad run or just whatever,” Elliott said. “Just nice to have just a smooth day, no damage. We didn’t break anything. Everything was just smooth. It was uneventful. That’s the days you have to have to compete for wins ultimately. Some of that is in your hands, some of it’s not.
“Truly nice to have an uneventful day, so to speak, just get a solid finish. Got some solid stage points. It was definitely a step in the right direction for us.
“Just nice to have an uneventful day, so to speak. Just have some nice stage points, have a nice finish, those things are always nice. I feel like we had a mistake-free day, which is what you have to have, so it was good.”
Elliott said this was a “really, really hard-fought second actually for us.
“We were not great, but had some, I guess our strong suit was kind of early on in the run, then really faded hard, too hard there latter part of a run.
“But we never got one of those super long runs, which is probably a good thing for us because we were struggling on that end. But, yeah, proud we could fight back. We had a long day with strategy not going our way, restart lane choice at times was tough. I’m glad we were able to get back in the fight there and give ourselves a chance.”
Next up is Richmond to where he was fifth last September and has three top five’s in his last five starts there.