Chase Elliott NAPA AutoCare Centers 9 NASCAR Playoffs 2019 Phoenix

Strong Run at ISM Raceway Ends Early for Elliott

Chase Elliott’s championship run came to an end on Sunday at ISM Raceway. While running inside the top five, a flat tire sent the No. 9 NAPA AutoCare Center Chevrolet spinning into the wall. The damage ultimately ended the team’s day with a 39th-place finish.

 

Chase Elliott NAPA AutoCare Centers 9 NASCAR Playoffs 2019 Phoenix

 

Elliott started the Round of 8 finale at ISM Raceway in sixth. He quickly jumped inside the top five, moving into fourth place by Lap 6. Elliott held that position until Lap 54, when he fell back to fifth just before a caution flag waved.

 

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Autocare Center

 

After a trip to pit road where he gained a spot, he restarted fifth once again and quickly jumped to third when the green flag waved. With two laps to go in the opening segment, Elliott raced into the runner-up spot and finished Stage 1 in second.

 

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Autocare Center

 

Beginning Stage 2 in second, Elliott briefly took the lead on the restart before falling back to second. He maintained that position throughout the majority of the segment, moving to third as the laps wound down late. He would finish Stage 2 in third.

 

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Autocare Center

 

Elliott took the green flag for the final segment in fourth and quickly moved back up to third on the restart. On Lap 166, however, the No. 9 NAPA AutoCare Center Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 suffered a flat tire that sent it spinning toward the wall. The resulting damage ended Elliott’s day – and his shot at the Championship 4 – early. He was scored with a 39th-place finish.

 

Start / Finish: 6 / 39
Points Earned: 18
Points Standing / Total: 8th / 4051 points

 

Next Race: November 17, Homestead-Miami 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway
How to Watch or Listen: 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

 

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