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NASCAR: Elliott barely misses victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway
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

NASCAR Driver and Dawsonville native Chase Elliott placed second in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night. 

Leading the race for 38 laps and ahead of eventual winner Brad Keselowski by l.6 seconds, Elliott began losing ground when teammate, William Byron, got a flat tire in lap 398 of 400. 

Elliott went to pit row and the race went into overtime, but eight other drivers took their chances with bald tires. 

“You just try to make the best decision you can,” Elliott said after the race. “Those guys are just going to do the opposite of whatever we do. That‘s just a part of it. You make decisions and you live with them. It wasn‘t the pit call — I think being on offense is fine.

Elliott entered the race again in 11th and was able to surge back up to third at the race’s finish. 

At the completion of the race, Elliott’s car was third behind Jimmie Johnson, but Johnson’s car failed it’s post-race inspection and was disqualified. 

This adds to a frustrating week of racing for Elliott, who was in second pushing for a victory on Wednesday’s race in Darlington until Kyle Busch misjudged the size of a gap and sent Elliott spinning into a wall. 

Elliott took to Instagram on Sunday evening to vent his disappointment, posting a black screen and a frowning emoji on his story. 

After this week, Elliott fell to fourth in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series, behind drivers Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Alex Bowman.

The Sprint Cup Series will resume with another race in Charlotte this Wednesday, May 27. The Alsco Uniforms 500 will start at 8 p.m. 

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