Elliott Finishes 10th at Richmond, Secures Playoff Berth
Chase Elliott started ninth in Saturday night’s 400-lap regular-season finale in ninth and used that position to score two additional points in Stage 1 by finishing ninth.
The No. 24 Mountain Dew team slipped just outside the top 10 in Stage 2, finishing 12th, after Elliott reported he may have charged too hard and overused his tires in the early laps of what ended up being a lengthy green-flag run throughout the 100-lap stage.
Elliott pressed toward the top 10 and found himself in 11th with 100 laps to go at the .75-mile oval. He cracked the top 10 again just before making a scheduled green-flag pit stop. Once the full field cycled through their pit stops, the No. 24 was scored 17th with less than 40 laps remaining.
The second-year driver continued to push forward as the laps wound down and Elliott eventually found 12th before a caution flag at Lap 397 sent the race into overtime. In the final two-lap dash to the checkered flag, Elliott was able to advance into the top 10 and ultimately crossed the line 10th to secure his spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the second consecutive year.