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Elliott finishes second at Michigan
Chase Elliott pic
Dawsonvilles Chase Elliott took second place in Sundays Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Chase Elliott once again raced to a career best finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Dawsonville's Elliott took second place in Sunday's Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, behind Joey Logano in the No. 22 car.

"The guys gave me a fantastic car today," Elliott said to media after the race. "This whole NAPA group has been working so hard these past few weeks."

Last season, while in the Xfinity Series, Elliott also took second at the Michigan track. It is the same track where his father Bill Elliott had a record four consecutive wins between 1985 and 1986.

The newest downforce package for the cars was a question mark for the race with many thinking it would require more car control by individual drivers.

Starting 10th in the No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet SS, Elliott dropped to the 11 spot early and stayed there through the first pit stop.

A caution came on lap 45 after Martin Truex Jr. had a slight bump with Clint Bowyer.

On the restart, Elliott was able to make a move into the top five.

Shortly after, a fire in Kyle Busch's No. 18 Toyota sent him directly to the garage with smoke pouring out of the windows. It was the first race at Michigan with engine failure in three years.

After the second caution of the day Elliott was in third for a restart on lap 60.

Another caution came two laps later when A.J. Allmendinger went into the wall.

Allmendinger lost momentum and Elliott's teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried to slip through. Both cars got loose and Earnhardt couldn't avoid the wall.

That would prove to be the end of the race for the No. 88.

Sunday's race initially saw 46 laps on the two-mile oval with no cautions and then three over the course of just 18 laps.

The restart on lap 68 gave Elliott the chance to move to the No. 2 spot.

Elliott would remain in second after a pit and another caution at lap 102 that saw Jeffrey Earnhardt get into the wall.

On a restart with 85 laps to go Elliott was able to pull past Logano and take the lead for 35 laps.

Elliott was asked to let up earlier on the turns in order to make only one more stop.

On that last stop on lap 52, Elliott went into and came out of the pit in the top spot. There was some question, however, on whether or not he was able to get all of the gas from the second can.

Just as in last week's race at Pocono, fuel conservation became an issue.

Truex bumped Elliott on the ensuing restart and he would drop to fourth with Logano regaining first.

After the seventh caution of the race, he would move back into second on the restart with 40 laps to go.

Crew chief Alan Gustafson told Elliott to go as hard as he could and not to worry about fuel after a restart with 34 laps to go.

With only 13 laps remaining, the tone changed and Elliott was forced to ease up because of fuel.

He would finish in second after yet another restart with seven laps remaining after a Denny Hamlin blown tire.

The leading rookie of this season, Elliott is now sixth overall in points standings. This was his 11th top 10 finish of the season and his sixth top five.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is at 3 p.m. on June 26 at the Sonoma Raceway. It will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.