Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE USA Saturday 3 June 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Chevrolet SS World Copyright: John K Harrelson NKP

Elliott Bounces Back with Top-Five Finish at Monster Mile

Chase Elliott and the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS team overcame a speeding penalty and falling a lap down to score a fifth-place finish at Dover International Speedway.

Elliott took the green flag for Sunday’s 400-lap event at Dover International Speedway from 16th. His early progress was halted momentarily by a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 53 which dropped the No. 24 to 30th. Elliott recovered nicely and completed the first stage in 15th.

After a strong pit stop by the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS team, Elliott began Stage 2 from the 11th position. The 21-year-old driver continued to gain positions on the track and ended Stage 2 seventh.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesAAA 400 Drive for AutismDover International Speedway, Dover, DE USASunday 4 June 2017Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Chevrolet SSWorld Copyright: Matthew T. ThackerNKP

 

When the final stage began, Elliott was in seventh and wasted no time advancing to the fourth position. After a lengthy green-flag stint, the No. 24 team elected to give up the second position to bring the NAPA Chevrolet to pit road at Lap 330. Unfortunately for Elliott, the caution flag waved one lap later, trapping him a lap down to the race leaders. Before the ensuing restart, Elliott took the wave around to rejoin the lead lap and started just outside the top 10.

As the race drew to a close, Elliott found himself running ninth when the caution waved yet again on Lap 397. Crew chief Alan Gustafson called Elliott to pit road for right-side tires only in anticipation of an overtime restart.

The Dawsonville, Georgia, native restarted seventh and quickly picked up two positions before a multi-car accident on the backstretch forced the race to end under caution. The fifth-place result is Elliott’s fourth top-five finish of the season.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE USA Friday 2 June 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

 

 

Start / Finish: 16th / 5th
Points Earned: 36
Points Standing / Total: 8th / 398 points

 

Next Race: June 11, Pocono 400, Pocono Raceway
How to Watch or Listen: 3:00 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

 

NAPA: @NAPARacing
Chase Elliott: @ChaseElliott
Hendrick Motorsports: @TeamHendrick
No. 24 Team: @Hendrick24Team

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