The winning move came when he and his team decided to stay on the track and inherit the lead on Lap 394 after a late-race yellow flag. Many competitors elected to pit for new tires during the caution period. Yet, despite the old rubber, Elliott was able to pull away in the overtime period and take the checkered flag.
Elliott led the final 11 laps on the track dubbed the “Monster Mile.”
He started ninth in his Camaro from Hendrick Motorsports after qualifying was rained out, but was forced to the back of the pack after receiving for a penalty for an uncontrolled tire on pit road on Lap 123. Still, he and his team persevered to put themselves in position for the victory.
“We had a penalty there, early, and fell behind,” Elliott said. “Luckily, I had a good strategy to get back. Man, what a day. Just thanks to those guys for the perseverance and good adjustments throughout the day.
“It was just a great effort … It’s been an up-and-down year, I feel like. To have this race slip away last year makes the day that much sweeter.”
With the win, Chevrolet’s third of the year, Elliott automatically advanced to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs.
Congratulations to Elliott, Team Chevy and Team Hendrick on an important and dramatic win.
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