Runner-Up Streak Continues for Elliott

June 18, 2017

Chase Elliott’s run of Michigan International Speedway second-place finishes reached three straight in Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.

The second year driver once again wheeled his Hendrick Motorsports Chevy to a runner-up finish this time behind winner Kyle Larson. After starting 10th, Elliott was able to come home eight positions better when the checkered flag flew.

"I didn’t think we had a very good car coming into the day, but my guys made a lot of gains and I was able to run just outside the top five there toward the end,” Elliott said. “I had unbelievable pit stops, which was great. Hopefully we can carry some of that forward.”

But Sunday was the third race this month where Elliott had a solid finish, a welcome change from his struggles during May.

“I look back at the month of May and it’s not like we ran really, really bad,” Elliott said. “We had a couple things that didn’t go our way. We had some fast cars in that month, but didn’t have very good results to show for it.

“I don’t necessarily think that our performance has changed in the past three weeks. We’ve had those opportunities in the three or four weeks prior to that, but it just never really showed.”

As the regular season starts to head to its conclusion and the summer stretch heats up, Elliott is hopeful his first career Cup win is not far away and with it a locked up spot in the playoffs. Although not everything went right at Michigan, Elliott is still pleased with the effort and the direction of his team.

“Yeah, I hope so,” he said. “I really felt like we ran better last year in the two races than what we ran today.  I think we executed the race better today than what we did last year on pit road, with restarts, the way things played out.

“If you had to choose one or the other, I would rather overachieve with a car, finish a little better than what we deserved, than the other way around.  So I was proud of that.  Obviously would much rather win the race, but we gave ourselves a couple opportunities at the end, restarting up front, which was nice.  Had a couple decent ones.  Just didn't work out in our favor.”