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Elliott gets career-best finish at Sonoma
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Dawsonville's Chase Elliott started and finished in the No. 8 spot during Sunday's 350 mile road race in Sonoma, California. - photo by For the Dawson County News

After a spin and hard hit into the wall during the final practice run at Sonoma Raceway, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott was forced to switch to his backup car for Sunday's race.

Elliott was still able to pick up yet another top-10 finish. He came in eighth, a personal best on the two-and-a-half mile road course.

Kevin Harvick captured his career-first win at the track and first for the year since the Stewart-Haas Racing team switched to Ford.

Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top three on the day giving Ford drivers the top three spots with a caution flying on the final lap of racing when Kasey Kahne took a hard hit into the concrete barriers.

Elliott started the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in his No. 24 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet SS in the No. 8 spot.

Martin Truex Jr. picked up another stage win in the Monster Energy series when he won stage one while Elliott took 11th in the first portion of the 350-mile race.

After one of the five cautions for the day in stage two, Elliott would restart in position 11 with 10 laps to go before finishing ninth.

Just before the final stage, Elliott was forced to take an extra pit stop to address right front damage. The stop would drop him as far back as 37th.

With 49 laps to race, he had made his way back to 23rd with dad Bill Elliott working as a spotter during the California race.

With 30 laps remaining, he was racing as high as third place, but Truex would pass to put him back into fourth.

A solid pit stop with 29 laps remaining kept him in good position and he would run fifth with only three laps to go. Kyle Busch and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. made passes to drop him to seventh.

The eighth-place finish for Elliott puts him at No. 6 in the overall points standings.

Next week, the series moves back to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400. The night race will begin at 7:30 p.m. on July 1 and will be broadcast on NBCSN.