Despite a start from the back of the field, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott was able to race his way to his highest finish in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series at the Texas Motor Speedway last weekend.
Elliott took fifth place in his No. 24 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet SS on April 9 after a two hour weather delay in the Duck Commander 500.
"We're happy about it but we're definitely not content. We want to be contenders. We're not satisfied running fifth and we feel like we have a group of guys that can do better so we're going to keep working at it and trying to get there," Elliott said.
The track is where he won his first Xfinity Series race during his 2014 championship season.
Elliott was racing in the third spot when he went to the pit for new tires during a caution period late in the race. After the stop, he returned in the eighth spot and was able to climb to fifth for his best career finish.
Kyle Busch won the race for the Joe Gibbs Racing team.
Elliott's Hendrick Motorsports teammates all finished within the top eight spots. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took second, Jimmie Johnson fourth and Kasey Kahne eighth.
This is Elliott's third top 10 finish over his last four races making him the top rookie at No. 14 in points standings overall.
He had earned a fourth-place qualifying spot but then had to start in the back of the field after his team changed the transmission in his No. 24 Chevy.
Elliott was able to avoid a massive wreck that involved 13 cars with only 40 laps left in the race.
He made his way inside the top 10 by lap 106 and was able to remain there through the next 100 laps.
The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is up next. The race will begin at 1 p.m. April 17 and will be broadcast on Fox.