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Elliott, NAPA Team Relegated to 27th-Place Finish at Pocono

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts

Chase Elliott and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team finished 27th in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway after two flat tires in the final stage derailed the team’s efforts.

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts

Elliott started ninth on Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway after the top-20 finishers from Saturday’s race were inverted. He slipped a few positions at the start and was 13th when the first yellow flag waved on lap 2. The driver of the No. 9 continued to run inside the top 15 until he was called to pit road late in stage one as part of the team’s strategy. Elliott was credited with 32nd at the end of Stage 1, but he moved into the top ten after staying on track while many leaders pitted between stages.

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts

He restarted eighth on lap 36 and broke into the top five on lap 46. The NAPA driver continued to charge forward and edged his way into third at the halfway point of the event before making a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 71 for four tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment. After the pit stops cycled through, Elliott was scored fifth, where he would finish the second stage.

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts

The No. 9 team opted not to pit between stages and Elliott restarted in the outside lane to begin the final stage. He quickly moved back into third but suffered damage to the nose of his NAPA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE after being sandwiched between two cars as the field raced towards turn one on the restart. Elliott recovered, but on lap 98, the No. 9 Chevy slipped in turn three and bumped the No. 20 car. The contact caused Elliott’s right-front tire to go flat and forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop. After pitting for fresh tires, Elliott had another tire go flat and he returned to pit road on lap 106. He spent the remainder of the afternoon trying to pick off positions and finished the race in 27th.

Start / Finish: 9 / 27
Points Earned: 16
Points Standing / Total: 6th / 633 pts.

Next Race: July 4, Jockey Made in America 250, Road America
How to Watch or Listen: 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM

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Founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports is the winningest team in NASCAR Cup Series history. At the sport’s premier level, the organization holds the all-time records in every major statistical category, including championships (14), points-paying race victories (291) and laps led (over 77,000). Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, the team fields four full-time entries in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by 2020 champion Chase Elliott.

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