After having trouble shifting the number nine car from third to fourth gear in Saturday’s race at the Pocono Raceway in Northeast Pennsylvania, Chase Elliott finished Sunday’s race in 4th place, keeping himself in 4th place in the overall Sprint Cup Series standings.
Elliott finished outside of the top ten in Stage 1 and barely missed out on the 10th position in Stage 2, finishing two-thousandths of a second behind eventual winner of Sunday’s race Denny Hamlin.
With 45 laps left, Elliott was in third place and stayed in third until he pitted during lap 103. By lap 120, Elliott was back up to seventh. He continued to pass cars and got back into fourth place with just 11 laps left in the race.
Elliott’s fourth-place finish tops his 25th finish in Saturday’s race. Due to rules set for NASCAR’s first-ever weekend doubleheader races, any racer that had to fix any major elements of their car had to start the race at the back of the pack at the beginning of the race. Elliott’s team decided to change transmissions, making him start the race in the 35th position.
NASCAR will be back next Sunday, July 5 in Indianapolis at the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400. The race will start at 4:00 p.m.