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NASCAR: Elliott unable to crack top 4 standings after 12th place finish at Kansas Speedway
Chase Elliott 7/23/20
Chase Elliott stands outside of his #9 Napa Auto Parts car on July 23rd, 2020 in the Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway. Elliott finished the race in 12th place. - Photo by Jamie Squire with Getty Images

Dawsonville native Chase Elliott finished in 12th place of the Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway on Thursday night. 

The race’s finish left Elliott in fifth place in the Nascar Cup Series standings, unable to climb back into the top four spots where he has held steady for most of the current season. 

Elliott started the race in 11th place but fell into 12th after coming off of a pit stop during the race. Stage 1 ended with Elliott in 13th, which kept him from gaining any additional points to his final finish. 

Though Elliott started stage 2 in 21st place, he passed drivers throughout the entire stage to push himself all the way into 10th by the end of the stage, earning himself one extra point. 

Elliott started the final stage in second place, but with two back-to-back restarts off of multi-car pile-ups, he was dropped two slots. With 73 laps left to go, Elliott found himself in seventh place and after a trip to pit road, he was in 10th place. 

A total of seven cautions during the final stage pushed all drivers around in the standings, but after the last caution on lap 241 out of 267, Elliott was left in 12th place, where he would finish the race. 

Elliott remains behind drivers Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and current standings leader Kevin Harvick. Super Start Batteries 400 winner Denny Hamlin barely passed Elliott in the standings following this race, leaving the Dawsonville driver in 5th place in the overall standings. 

There will be no Nascar Cup Series race this weekend. The circuit will pick back up on Sunday, Aug. 2nd in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 in New Hampshire.