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Elliott snags another top-10 at Pocono
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Dawsonville driver Chase Elliott raced to an eighth place finish at the Pocono 400 over the weekend. He was driving the No. 24 SunEnergy 1 Chevrolet SS. - photo by For the Dawson County News

During Sunday's Axalta presents the Pocono 400, Dawsonville driver Chase Elliott was once again able to grab a top 10 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Fellow racer from last year's rookie class, Ryan Blaney, was able to pick up his first-ever series win after holding off veteran driver Kevin Harvick in the final laps.

Starting at No. 25 on June 11 in his No. 24 SunEnergy 1 Chevrolet SS, Elliott was able to battle through some early brake issues-an ongoing problem for multiple drivers at Pocono-and make his way to an eighth place finish on the two and a half mile triangle track.

The race saw Jimmie Johnson completely lose his brakes just before Jamie McMurray had the same issue. Johnson had a scare as he crashed into the wall and McMurray ended with his car in flames.

While Elliott was running in the eighth spot with five laps to go in stage one, he made a pass into seventh with the hopes of getting some clean air and a chance to cool down his brakes.

He was one of the biggest movers during the first stage of the 400 mile, 160-lap outing as he ended in sixth.

Early in the second stage, Elliott was as high as fourth while Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. had an early exit from the race due to transmission issues.

With 32 laps left in stage two, Elliott had climbed all the way into second place before a pit stop would drop him back.

That did not deter Elliott who again worked his way as high as third with only five laps left in the stage just before Johnson's wreck that would bring out the red flag.

Elliott was third on the restart and another, almost immediate caution would set up a restart with only one lap remaining in the stage. Elliott was fifth at the end of stage two after almost getting turned around by Brad Keselowski.

A struggle in the pits with 33 laps to go, put Elliott back in to the 16th spot but with 24 laps to go he had already picked six back up again.

With 19 laps remaining, Kasey Kahne got into the wall and lost a spot before the restart in ninth.

Blaney was able to pass Kyle Busch for the lead with nine laps in the race, before holding off Harvick down the stretch. Erik Jones took third.

The win puts Elliott in sixth on the points list as the series heads to Michigan. The next event is the FireKeepers Casino 400 at 3 p.m. on June 18 at the Michigan International Speedway. The race will be broadcast on FS1.