MENCS: Chase Elliott Has First Career Win Pulled From Grasps


DOVER, Del. – Chase Elliott led 138 laps Sunday in the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway. However, with his sights set on his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, he was leading as he working though turn 3, but as he came out of turn 4 and heading to the white flag, he had to fall in line behind Kyle Busch, the eventual race winner.

Knowing that Busch was in his review, Elliott started to face lap traffic as his lead started to dwindle.

“It was all just lap traffic dependent,” Elliott said post-race. “I thought if I had a clean track, I could have run as fast as he did, but I didn’t, and I should have done something different. So that’s just on me, and he did a better job than I did.”

After the race, Elliott’s Hendrick teammate and eleven-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson pulled the young driver aside but it wasn’t much solace to the No. 24 driver.

“I certainly appreciate his friendship and him willing to come over and talk to me, but yes, I think that kind of shows the kind of person he is, but it doesn’t fix my lack of performance this afternoon.”

Elliott went on to finish second in the race, his fifth runner-up position in his career and third of 2017.

In his four races at Dover in his career, Elliott has posted all top-ten finishes.

In 70 career MENCS races, Elliott has 18 top-five and 33 top-ten finishes as well as three poles. All three of his poles have come at restrictor plate tracks and two of them were for the Daytona 500 in 2016 and 2017.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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