Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesPure Michigan 400Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI USASaturday 12 August 2017Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Chevrolet SSWorld Copyright: Rusty JarrettNKP

Elliott Collects 13th Top-Ten Finish of Season at Michigan

Chase Elliott finished eighth in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway after battling inside the top ten throughout the 400-mile event.

Elliott and the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS team started fifth in Sunday’s 200-lap event.. Elliott leveraged the strong starting position to finish third in Stage 1 and collect eight additional points.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesPure Michigan 400Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI USASunday 13 August 2017Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Chevrolet SS pit stopWorld Copyright: Matthew T. ThackerNKP

 

During the stage break, the NAPA AUTO PARTS team elected to visit pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment after Elliott reported his Chevrolet was a little too loose in the early laps. Several other drivers did not pit, which put the second-year driver 10th for the ensuing restart on Lap 67.

After finishing 11th in Stage 2, the No. 24 team opted not to pit during the stage break. The strategy play allowed Elliott to restart ninth on Lap 128.

When the caution flag waved on Lap 140, the NAPA AUTO PARTS team stayed on track once again to maintain their track position in sixth. With less than 50 laps remaining, Elliott jumped from sixth to third before making a scheduled green-flag pit stop for four tires and fuel on Lap 160.

Elliott did not pit when the caution waved yet again at Lap 187 and lined up fourth for a restart with only nine laps remaining. After running a handful of laps under green, an accident on the backstretch halted the race with only five laps remaining to set up a two-lap overtime restart with Elliott scored in fifth.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesPure Michigan 400Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI USASunday 13 August 2017Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Chevrolet SSWorld Copyright: Matthew T. ThackerNKP

 

In overtime, Elliott’s position in the unfavorable inside line resulted in him dropping several spots to ultimately take the checkered flag eighth for his 13th top-10 finish in 23 races this season.

 

Start / Finish: 5th / 8th
Points Earned: 37
Points Standing / Total: 7th / 685 points

 

Next Race: August 19, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Bristol Motor Speedway
How to Watch or Listen: 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI USA Saturday 12 August 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Chevrolet SS, Alan Gustafson World Copyright: Logan Whitton NKP

 

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