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Gear shift troubles push Elliott back to 25th in Saturday’s race in weekend doubleheader
Elliott at Chicago
Chase Elliott raced to a second place finish at the Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 17 in the first round of the NASCAR Cup series playoffs. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Chase Elliott finished 25th in Saturday’s race at Pocono Raceway, the first race of the weekend doubleheader in Northeast Pennsylvania. 

An hour long weather delay at the beginning of the race pushed the start time back to 4:30 p.m. 

Elliott finished fifth after Stage 1, which was only the first 25 laps of the race, nine of which were caution laps. 

By lap 31, Elliott had moved into third where he stayed for the next 15 laps until he went into Pit Road. 

After a caution flag, Elliott was back up to fourth place. However, he began to struggle getting his car from third to fourth gear. 

After sneaking in more stage points by finishing Stage 2 in 10th place, Elliott went into Pit Road again on Lap 80 to alter a stiff back right tire. The announcers said that Elliott’s crew had suggested giving him a bungee cord to hold the car into fourth gear. 

“I think that’s the biggest thing, performing well in the first race and understanding that even if it goes smooth, what parts are we going to have to change, the condition of the parts and pieces, thoroughly going over the car for the second race,” said Alan Gustafson, crew chief for Chase Elliott. “That is going to be challenging.” 

After having to pit twice in the span of 35 laps, Elliott focused on learning more about his car so that he could better succeed in tomorrow’s race where he’ll have to use the same car again. 

He remains fourth in overall Sprint Cup Series Standings. 

Sunday’s race in Pocono will begin at 4:00 p.m.