Career Best Chase Elliott at Bristol

during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee.
during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee.

CHASE ELLIOTT CONTINUES FORWARD PROGRESS

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

Eight weeks into the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Chase Elliott already has two top-five finishes, and they’ve come in his last two races.

Last week at Texas, he ran fifth, and on Sunday at Bristol, the 20-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate improved one spot to a career-best fourth, despite losing two laps when he had to make an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 178 because of a loose wheel.

Elliott ran as high as second before losing one position each on the final two restarts.

“We just had a really fast car,” said Elliott, who gained two spots to 12th in the series standings. “I think that was the biggest thing. (My) guys brought a good car this weekend. We started a little slow, didn’t qualify as well as we’d like to on Friday (19th), but I thought we hit on a couple things (Saturday) in final practice that fortunately carried over to today.

“And we were able to kind of work our way up through there. Hate to have a loose wheel, but guys did a good job overcoming that, having a fast pit under green only losing two laps. That was big to keep us in contention there and try to get back on the lead lap. Definitely a long afternoon, but had a fast car, and that was the biggest thing that kept us alive.”

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