Just Short in Daytona 500

Leading the field to the green flag on the pole, Elliott led the first five laps of the event before getting caught in traffic and falling back in the pack. He finished Stage 1 in 15th and rounded out Stage 2 in 13th. When the final stage began, Elliott quickly worked his way toward the front, moving back to the point on Lap 126. With less than 60 laps remaining, he was involved in a multiple-car incident, though the No. 24 team was able to repair the damage on pit road within the five-minute limit and Elliott returned to the track on the lead lap in 15th. He made quick work of finding the leaders once again, moving into the runner-up position on Lap 158. With 26 laps to go, he raced back into the lead and held off all competitors until there were less than three laps remaining, when a lack of fuel caused the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS to lose the lead. Elliott recovered to finish 14th.

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