Two weeks ago to start NASCAR’s west coast swing, Chase Elliott led a race-high 93 laps at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, a cut tire cost him as he got into the wall in the final stage and would finish a disappointing 26th as a result.
Elliott, had the most speed out of anyone that day.
Same could be said this weekend at the Phoenix Raceway. Elliott, won his ninth career pole as he started first for Sunday’s FanShield 500. Also, Elliott was second and first respectively in Friday’s two practice sessions as his No. 9 Chevrolet had enough speed that it would take to win.
It showed early in the race too. Elliott, led the first 60 laps of the event to go along with pacing the field for a race-high 93 of 316 laps. But, a loose wheel in the second stage took away his track position as he struggled to get back into the top 10.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver would come away with a seventh place run though, his second straight top 10 on the season as we head back east for next weekend’s race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Elliott’s hometrack.
“We will build off of it for sure,” said Elliott after earning his fourth top 10 in his last seven Phoenix starts. “Kevin (Harvick) was probably a tick- better than us I thought. But we’ll go to work.”
No one has scored as many stage points as Elliott though this season. Over his last six stages, he’s finished either first or second in five of them.
“Stage wins are really important this time of year, so those are what you want. … It’s just something to build off of. Hopefully we can come back and we’ll be better.”