Martinsville runner-up ‘a step in the suitable course’ – Elliott
After simply and dramatically profitable at Martinsville Speedway 5 months in the past, Chase Elliott known as his second-place end Sunday evening “hard-fought.”
Elliott didn’t lead a lap this time round and was too far behind Martin Truex Jr. to problem for the win. The reigning collection champion restarted fourth on lap 458 and got here on late to seize the runner-up spot from Denny Hamlin.
“We weren’t nice however, I assume, our robust go well with was form of early on within the run, then actually light laborious, too laborious there latter a part of a run,” stated Elliott. “However we by no means acquired a type of tremendous lengthy runs, which might be a superb factor for us as a result of we have been struggling on that finish. However proud we may battle again.
“We had a protracted day with technique not going our method, restart lane alternative at instances was robust. I’m glad we have been in a position to get again within the battle there and provides ourselves an opportunity.”
An absence of rear grip together with his Chevrolet was the largest hindrance to Elliott’s day, and it was the identical challenge on the finish of the race. As soon as Truex took the lead, Elliott went to battle with Hamlin for the second spot however couldn’t simply or rapidly pull off the cross, which helped Truex construct a spot.
“I simply didn’t have the drive I wanted to rise up off the nook like I wished and to have the ability to actually get the facility down early,” Elliott stated.
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