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MENCS: Chase Elliott Notches Top-Five Finish at the Monster Mile

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DOVER, Del. — Chase Elliott, last weekends race winner at Talladega Superspeedway and this weekend’s pole sitter at Dover, escaped Miles the Monster’s grip and leaves the First State with a top-five finish in Monday’s Gander RV 400.

“We just fell off there at the end of that second Stage. That was the time of the race that we needed to be controlling it and not falling back,” stated Elliott.

Elliott finished Stage 1 third before falling back one spot in the second Stage when he took the green-checkered flag in fourth.

Despite having speed, it seemed that race winner Martin Truex Jr. was in his own zip code and no one could touch him.

“Yeah, he [Truex] was really good there at the end for sure. His car came on about the time I felt our car was starting to fall off.”

When asked about how he looked at the racing due to the new package being used, “It was a tough race for sure. It was a very physical event, a lot of corner speed, which is hard on us for sure.”

“We were fast, just not fast enough when it really mattered.”

Despite leading a race-best 145 laps Monday, Elliott had to settle for a top-five finish.

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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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