Having won at Kansas Speedway in the 2018 postseason, and coming off back-to-back top-5 finishes, including a win at Talladega, Chase Elliott entered the Digital Ally 400 on May 11 an odds-on favorite to win the race.
On the heels of qualifying fifth, the Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 Chevy failed the post-qualifying/pre-race inspection twice and instead started in the 32nd position when the green flag dropped. In a race that saw only four non-scheduled caution flags and featured three-wide racing for almost all 400 miles, Elliott wove his way through the pack to claim his third top-5 finish in a row as he took the checkered flag in fourth place.
Elliott used the long straight-away and wide turns of the 1.5-mile tri-oval track to bring his car back into contention over the first 80 laps of the race as he battled with Kevin Harvick at the end the first stage. Harvick held on for the stage one victory, but Elliott continued to battle for the lead over the next stage and secured his second stage victory of the season on lap 160.
The back-and-forth at the front of the pack continued until the final caution of the race appeared on lap 265 to lock everybody in place and force a two-lap shootout to the finish line. Elliott made his move immediately upon the flag, surging low and inside to move from sixth to fourth, but the front runners of Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman and Erik Jones managed to stay single file to the finish in that order.The win was Keselowski’s third of the season tying him with Kyle Busch for the most wins this season