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Three times two
Elliott finishes second again at Michigan
S-Chase Elliott pic
Chase Elliott signs autographs prior to his third second place finish at the Michigan International Speedway on June 18. - photo by For the Dawson County News

If it felt like deja-vu at the Michigan International Speedway on Father's Day, it was. For the third time in as many races at the track, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott finished second.

Elliott was second there last August behind Kyle Larson, who also took first on June 18.

After starting from the No. 10 spot, Elliott was able to cross the line in eighth for stage one of the 200-lap event at the two mile oval in Brooklyn, Mich.

He picked up three bonus points for finishing the stage in the top 10.

Elliott began stage two in seventh and would be the only driver from the Hendrick Motorsports contingency to be inside the top 10 for the end of stage two. He was ninth and earned two bonus points.

The final stage at the FireKeepers Casino 400 consists of 80 laps and Elliott was able to get a solid start and found his way into fifth place with 70 laps left.

With 47 laps remaining, Elliott jumped from sixth to third on a restart. Ten laps later, Larson would pass Elliott nearly clipping him on the way by.

The pit stop with 49 remaining called into question fuel issues for all of the drivers, but particularly for the leader at that point, Kyle Busch, who had only taken two tires and one can of fuel.

A caution for debris with 21 laps remaining would give the drivers another chance, but Busch remained out and Elliott stayed at fourth on the restart.

With 15 laps remaining, Elliott would move into third and then second as Larson took over the top spot and Busch fell to third.

Clint Bowyer got into the wall bringing out a caution with only 14 laps remaining.

During the ensuing restart, cars looked like they were stuck together going as many as four wide as Ryan Blaney got pushed into the wall and Danica Patrick took a hard shot into the wall as a result of the stack up.

Yet another restart with five laps remaining saw Larson at the top, where he would stay. Elliott would make a move from fourth back into second.

Larson would hold onto the lead to pick up the win and while Elliott maintained the second spot for the third straight time.

The finish lands Elliott at No.5 on the overall points list, 162 points behind the leader, Larson.

Next week the series will move to Sonoma for the Toyota 350. It will be broadcast at 3 p.m. on June 25 on FS1.