Chase Elliott finished the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway in 12th place on Sunday, April 18.
Elliott started the race in third and was in fifth when the competition caution appeared at lap 35, but struggled with air pressure and turn radius issues after the caution pit stop. He fell to 13th place with 10 laps left in Stage one and finished the stage in 17th place.
The number 9 pit crew could not gain any positions on pit road after stage one and Elliott started stage two in 18th place. He moved up to 11th before drivers started their green flag pit stops. Elliott cracked the top 15 on lap 180, but went to pit road immediately after.
Stage one and two winner Denny Hamlin passed Elliott with eight laps left for Elliott to fall a lap down, but Elliott passed Tyler Reddick with just three laps left in stage two to finish as the lead driver a lap down. That allowed Elliott to get the free lap and no longer be a lap down to start the final stage.
Elliott remained right outside the top 10 for the entire final stage, remaining in 11th until the last lap, when Ryan Blaney passed Elliott for 11th.
Teammate Alex Bowman’s win at the Toyota Owners 400 continued the streak of all eight Cup Series races resulting in a different individual winner. All eight of those drivers are ahead of Elliott in the standings. However, Elliott still sits in 10th place, the second highest total of all non-winning drivers, behind Denny Hamlin.
NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 25, for the Geico 500.