Consistency continues to be the theme of Chase Elliott's first season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as he earned another top spot during last weekend's race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Dawsonville native earned his ninth top 10 finish of the season when he took the eighth spot in the Coca-Cola 600 in his No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet SS on Sunday.
The win puts him in the eighth spot overall in the points standings and ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. in top 10 finishes this season.
"It was definitely a long one-very difficult," Elliott said to the press after the race. "We fought hard and we are trying to get that next little bit."
Elliott started the season's longest race in the 12th spot and was inside the top 10 by the third lap of the race.
In the eighth spot he received a speeding penalty during a competition caution on lap 26. That penalty sent him to the back of the field.
He proved once again his determination and consistency as he worked his way back into the top 20 by lap 67.
By lap 215 he had made his way back to the 11th position and continued to move ahead.
He raced as high as the seventh spot for a total of 37 laps but would eventually finish in eighth overall.
Elliott's Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Johnson, finished third.
Martin Truex Jr. won the race after leading for a record-breaking 392 laps of the 400 lap race. Kevin Harvick finished in second.
The next Sprint Cup Series event is the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at 1 p.m. June 5 at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. The race will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.