After winning NASCAR’s All-Star race last season, Chase Elliott finished the 2021 All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway in third place.
“Kyle (Larson) got to my outside and that was the end of it, really,” Elliott said after Sunday’s race. “Just got beat. Appreciate the effort today by (Crew Chief Alan Gustafson) and everybody on our NAPA team. I’m super proud of everybody at Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet. We’ll keep it rolling and try to find another spot or two when it counts.”
Elliott’s teammate, Kyle Larson, won the race and the $1 million check, giving Hendrick Motorsports their 10th All-Star race win of all-time, the most ever in NASCAR history.
The Number 9 NAPA pit crew had the fastest-timed pit stop in round five, winning the pit crew challenge and its $100,000 payout.
“Yeah, we had a badass stop,” Elliott said. “I knew when they dropped the jack that it was close. They did a really good job and I’m proud of them for that. Hopefully, we’ll carry some of that momentum forward and try to get to victory lane.”
Elliott started the 100-lap race in sixth place and was already up to fourth by a caution flag on lap 2. He would finish lap round 1 in fourth.
During round 2, Elliott reported that his Camaro was running well on short runs. Prior to the stage start, the top 12 were inverted, starting Elliott in ninth place. He reappeared in the top 5 for a few laps but ultimately finished round 2 in sixth place.
Another inversion had Elliott finish round 3 in 13th place, but broke back into the top 10 by lap 46 in round 4. He finished the fourth round in fifth and made a pit stop.
After an official review by NASCAR, it was deemed that the NAPA pit crew had the fastest-timed pit stop to win the pit crew challenge. Elliott took that momentum all the way through round 5, winning the round. He started round 6 with the lead but ultimately finished the race in third place.
NASCAR’s All-Star race does not affect the 2021 Cup Series standings, so Elliott remains in third place behind Larson and Denny Hamlin.
The 2021 Cup Series picks back up on Sunday, June 20 at the Nashville Superspeedway. The race starts at 3:30 p.m.