Elliott extends top-two streak with runner-up showing at New Hampshire – Hendrick Motorsports
LOUDON, N.H. – Chase Elliott scored his fourth straight top-two finish in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season with his runner-up finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Elliott overcame early trouble on pit road to take the lead for the first time all day on lap 247 of the 301-lap race thanks to his ability to make passes at the 1.058-mile track and strong pit calls from crew chief Alan Gustafson that put him advantageous positions to be on offense. However, he could not keep a hard-charging Christopher Bell behind him with the eventual winner, Bell, making the final pass for the lead on lap 260.
The 26-year-old driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has put together a stellar summer thus far with a win at Nashville Superspeedway, a second-place run at Road America, a win at Atlanta Motor Speedway and today’s runner-up showing at “The Magic Mile.” His finish today in New England stands as the 2020 champion’s best finish at this venue.
Elliott leaves New Hampshire having extended his regular season standings lead to 67 markers over Ross Chastain.
William Byron and Kyle Larson each scored points in both stages. Byron slipped out of the top 10 on the final lap to finish 11th in the race. Larson would end the race in 14th. An early-race incident on lap 6 saw Alex Bowman finish 35th in the race.
Next up for Hendrick Motorsports is “The Tricky Triangle” of Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 24. The race will be at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network and radio coverage on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Where he finished: Second
Stage one: Elliott was on the front row to start the race, lining up second next to Martin Truex Jr. At the time of the first caution on lap 6, Elliott was scored in third and would restart there on lap 13. The three-time winner in 2022 would settle in that spot behind Bubba Wallace before being passed on the outside by teammate Kyle Larson for third. After the pass, the points leader reported that he was “just loose, overbuilt the right rear.” Elliott would hold off Kevin Harvick to finish the stage in fourth.
Stage two: Elliott would pit during the stage break for four tires, fuel and a half round out of the right rear. He would restart stage two in eighth on lap 78. A quick caution would see Elliott stay out to restart eighth on lap 84 and he would be scored there during the fourth caution on lap 90. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native would pit for two tires. He would make a second stop under caution to tighten the lug nuts on the right side and ultimately put on left-side tires. Elliott would restart 22nd on lap 101 and pick up 10 spots over the next six laps to get back into the top 12. Flying up through the field on four fresh tires, he was back in the top 10 with a pass on Christopher Bell on lap 118. Running his left-side tires on the apron, Elliott ran down Aric Almirola for ninth and Wallace for eighth. He did the same to grab seventh from Chris Buescher on lap 139, which is where he was running at the time of the fifth caution on lap 147. Crew chief Alan Gustafson brought Elliott down pit road for four tires and fuel and …….