Elliott, NAPA Team Finish 11th at Charlotte
Chase Elliott and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team took the green flag 22nd Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In the opening laps of the 600-mile event, Elliott fell back to 30th after just six laps, but managed to recover to finish Stage 1 in 14th.
During Stage 2, the Dawsonville, Georgia, native continued pushing forward while avoiding several early-stage incidents and eventually moved into the top 10 within 25 laps. Elliott closed the second stage in seventh, picking up four extra points.
Midway through Stage 3, Elliott was running fifth, though he began to slip back in the pack as the 100-lap stage continued. He restarted eighth with 15 laps remaining in the stage and ultimately took the green-checkered flag in 15th to conclude the third of four stages.
In the final 100 laps, Elliott rebounded and climbed back inside the top 10, running ninth with 75 laps remaining in the race. The driver of the No. 9 reported that he brushed the outside wall just before making his final pit stop of the race. After the cycle of green-flag pit stops, he settled into 11th with 42 laps to go and continued knocking on the door of the top 10 as the race drew to a close. He ultimately took the checkered flag in 11th.