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Elliott runs fourth at Dover

POSTED: June 4, 2013 2:47 p.m.

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott recorded his highest finish in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series on Friday after crossing the finish line in fourth-place on the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.

Friday's finish follows his fifth-place ending April 14 at Rockingham and a sixth-place run at Martinsville during his national racing debut a week before.

At 17, Elliott started on the outside of the front row, alongside 19-year-old pole sitter Darrell Wallace Jr., the youngest pole winner ever in NASCAR's top three series. It was also the youngest front row ever at the speedway.

"Man, they gave me an awesome truck," Elliott said after the race. "We just [have] got to make things go our way and me go mistake free."

The 200-mile event proved to be a learning experience for the young driver who in his third truck series start was penalized for speeding out of the pits and sent to the back of the field on two separate occasions.

"Don't speed on pit road. I learned that the hard way, that's for sure," he said. "We were really, really fast all day."

Driving the No. 94 Aaron's Dream Machine/Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet, Elliott, following the speeding penalties, had made his way back to the top-10 after the final caution of the day caused by Tim George Jr. blowing a tire and hitting the turn three wall.

Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch was too much for truck series point leader Matt Crafton, who could not pull away with the victory.

After the race, Elliott, who raced to his fourth-place finish behind third-place Ryan Blaney, said he, like "everybody else," is "tired of Kyle Busch winning."

"I want to be the first one to stop that," he said. "We're going to move on to Iowa in a couple of weeks and hopefully we'll be able to get a win there."

Crafton leads the series standing with 30 points ahead of Jeb Burton.

 

 

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