Despite starting in fourth place and a solid 12th place finish at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott was eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Elliott was one of four drivers who did not make the cut as the field narrowed from 12 to eight.
"We tried to make it happen," Elliott said. "Disappointed we came up short-this NAPA team has been fighting hard these past few weeks. We've had some awesome race cars and it's definitely unfortunate to come up short there."
After accidents in the last two races, he was unable to accrue the needed points to advance.
The 20-year-old driver was in the second spot behind Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 car who was trying to fend Elliott off early on. Elliott took the lead on lap 27 and would lead five different times throughout the race.
After green flag pit stops on lap 38, Elliott continued to hold the second spot.
Joey Logano in the No. 22 car had a jack stuck under his Ford Fusion for a full lap before pitting to remove it. Logano went on to the checkered flag on Sunday to secure his spot in the round of eight.
The first caution of the day came when Martin Truex Jr. had a blown engine on lap 42 and was unable to finish the race.
Elliott would lead again on lap 77 and headed to pit under a green flag in the top spot. He returned in the ninth spot.
Keselowski, who led 70 of the first 144 laps of the race, also had a blown engine and hopes dashed for the Sprint Cup.
The blown engine would lead to a caution that saw Elliott restart in the 14th spot.
For the remainder of the race Elliott continued to look for openings to get back into the top group as two lines formed making it difficult to break through.
He reached the 10th position with 12 laps to go, but was unable to move anymore as the race headed to overtime after Kasey Kahne spun out bringing on a late race caution.
Elliott led the Hendrick Motorsports contingency with Jimmie Johnson coming in 23rd, Kahne in 35th and Alex Bowman in the No. 88 car finishing 36th.
Elliott is still eligible for the NASCAR Most Popular Driver award. Votes can be cast online at nascar.com/sprintmostpopulardriver.
The next event on the schedule is at 1 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Martinsville Speedway. The race will be broadcast on NBCSN.