After the drama of last week’s Martinsville race, Dawsonville-native Chase Elliott had what would be considered a more normal race at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday where he ended eighth.
Kevin Harvick took first.
Elliott began from 34th spot after his No. 24 Hooters Chevrolet did not make it through qualifying inspection for the Texas 500.
Nine drivers had to start from the back due to inspections during the Nov. 5 race.
Elliott made his way up through the field as the race rolled on—to position 20 as early as 10 laps in.
He would be in 11th for the end of Stage 1.
With seven laps to go in Stage 2 he had made his way into the No. 4 spot but would take fifth for Stage 2 to earn six playoff points.
The finish leaves him 106 points out of the top of the playoff leaderboard and in seventh of the eight remaining drivers in the Monster Energy Cup Series Playoffs.
This week at Phoenix will be the last chance that five drivers—Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Elliott and Jimmie Johnson—have to make it to the finals at Miami Homestead.
Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have all now earned spots as Harvick picked up his first win ever on the Texas track.
Next is the Can-Am 500 starting at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Phoenix Raceway. The race will be broadcast on NBC.