Elliott scores record runner-up at Richmond
By James Jackson
April 22, 2018
RICHMOND, Va.—Chase Elliott captured his best finish of the 2018 season in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.
Elliott finished runner-up to Kyle Busch for the second time in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. In the nine races this season, he has placed in the top 10 four times.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver started the race up front with the series reigning champion, Martin Truex Jr. Restarts have apparently been a constant thorn in the side for the driver of the No. 9.
However, everything appeared to fall in place at the end of the race for Elliott and his team Saturday night under the lights at the famed .075-mile raceway.
“Yeah, just very fortunate circumstances there at the end for us with the way the restarts went,” Elliott said in a post-race press conference.
“Having a short run there at the end was definitely in our favor. So, it was nice to be on the good end of things for the first time in a while.”
After Saturday’s race, Elliott tied his father, Bill Elliott, with eight runner-up finishes before their first career win.
The younger Elliott expressed his frustrations with another runner-up finish post race.
“Looking forward, we have to be realistic about how we ran tonight,” the driver said.
“I think the result shouldn’t weigh into how hard we worked this week because we have some work to do. I think that we have to keep that in mind.”
Elliott and the No. 9 NAPA team head South to the Talladega Superspeedway next weekend. The Alabama track has not treated Elliott well in his last two starts as he crashed out of both races there last year.
Elliott is currently 20th in driver standings, 17 points below the playoff cutline.