For much of the last 200 laps of the Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway, Chase Elliott found himself running in second place behind either Ryan Blaney or eventual event winner Chase Briscoe, even occasionally leading the race.
With just over 20 laps to go, a late caution gave all the drivers a late chance to fuel up and make adjustments.
While most of the drivers came out of pit road smoothly, Elliott’s crew faced issues that caused him to lose four spots and come back onto the track in sixth position.
From there, Elliott could not improve on that position and had his chances at victory end for good with around 10 laps left, as his own car faced mechanical issues that caused him to briefly spin out and cause another caution flag.
While Elliott initially dropped down to 18th after that incident, he would gradually work his way back to finish 11th at Phoenix. He led a total of 50 laps.
Elliott will look to bounce back at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway next Sunday, March 20.