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Elliott takes third at Martinsville
Gets win in truck series
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Dawsonville-native Chase Elliott picked up a win over the weekend.

Though it was not a win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, it was a win on the .526-mile short track of the Martinsville Speedway.

The win came in the Alpha 250 Camping World Truck Series race on April 1 after Elliott took the lead from Christopher Bell with 17 laps left to race.

Bell got caught in a wreck and Elliott took advantage.

He then had to hold off the defending series champion Johnny Sauter to get the win.

It was Elliott's second victory over the course of 12 starts in the truck series. He also picked up a win in the first stage of the truck race after leading at the 70-lap mark.

Elliott raced on April 2 in the STP 500 and drove a good portion of the race in the top-five before eventually finishing third overall behind Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch.

The 21-year-old driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet started the race on the outside of the front row.

He was able to capture a stage two win in the new format for this year's NASCAR racing which gave him 10 race points.

Elliott picked up the stage win after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made contact with then-leader Kyle Busch. It was just enough to let Elliott slip through and pick up the extra points.

His fifth place spot in stage one gave him another six points on the day.

After a caution in the final stage, Elliott restarted in the third position with about 200 laps to go.

He would continue to race in third through a pit stop for four tires and fuel before dropping two spots to fifth.

Elliott would then move up to second before another four-tire stop with under 100 laps to go.

He settled into the third position and remained there through the end of the race.

The finish was his best-ever in the four times he has raced at Martinsville.

The third place finish puts him at No. 2 in the points' standings behind Kyle Larson.