Chase Elliott beat out rival driver Joey Logano and landed in second place of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings on Sunday night, capping off a week of top 10 finishes for the Dawsonville based driver.
Elliot led in Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 for 27 laps before Denny Hamlin passed him with 29 laps remaining in the race. Elliott stayed in the fight and was less than a second behind Hamlin in second place at the end of the race.
“Just need to get through lapped traffic better,” Elliott said after the race. “I thought our Hooters Camaro really was good enough to win and I thought we executed a really nice race and kept it off the wall almost the whole race, kinda got it there at the end. But I’m proud of the effort and we’re bringing fast cars right now.”
During the midweek race last week, the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500, Elliott finished in 5th place, continuing a dominant stretch of racing.
Sunday’s race is now the fourth time in a row this season that Elliott has finished in the top 10.
Logano finished Sunday’s race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in 27th place and now sits 21 points behind Elliott. As Elliott continues pushing towards the top of the standings, only eight points separate him and current Sprint Cup Series leader Kevin Harvick.
The next Sprint Cup Series race, the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, will not happen until Sunday, June 21.
NASCAR has announced that they will allow 5,000 fans to attend the race, these will be the first fans at any NASCAR race since concerns surrounding COVID-19 delayed the season earlier this year.
However only “account holders in the State of Alabama in surrounding counties within 150 miles of Talladega Superspeedway who held tickets or camping for the 2020 GEICO 500 previously scheduled for April 26,” are allowed to attend as fans, according to a Nascar press release.
Elliott won last year’s Geico 500, leading for the final 44 laps. If his luck continues, he may take the checkered flag this year as well.