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Elliott Earns Hard-Fought 15th-Place Finish at Atlanta


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  • Chase Elliott earned a hard-fought 15th-place finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • After starting from the rear of the field due to the team needing to make unapproved adjustments to the No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion overcame getting caught up in multiple incidents to salvage the top-15 result
  • Elliott and the No. 9 team leave Atlanta sixth in the Cup Series points standings

Chase Elliott and the No. 9 Hooters team qualified 28th for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but the Dawsonville, Georgia, native was forced to start at the rear of the field due to the team needing to make unapproved adjustments. At the drop of the green flag, Elliott began making moves towards the front when he was caught up in a multi-car incident on lap two. He brought his No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to the attention of his crew for repairs to damage sustained to the nose. After multiple pit stops during the caution period, Elliott lined up 26th for the lap-11 restart and battled his way to 21st before the next caution flag of the race came out on lap 25. Under the yellow, the 28-year-old driver reported that his Hooters Chevrolet was loose after the earlier incident. Crew chief Alan Gustafson called Elliott to pit road for right-side tires and adjustments to try to improve the No. 9’s handling. The 2020 Cup Series champion restarted 28th on lap 32 and was up to 23rd when the race fell under caution with just eight laps to go in the first stage. The team opted to pit for four tires and fuel. Elliott restarted deep in the field for the one-lap shootout to the end the stage, taking the green-and-white checkered flag in the 27th position.

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Hooters Chevrolet Camaro

Staying out during the stage break, Elliott gained pivotal track position to start the second stage in 14th on lap 68. He powered his way to fourth by lap 76 and continued to race inside the top 10 for several laps. Elliott lost a little bit of ground during the long green-flag run but was back up to 14th before teams started making green-flag pit stops on lap 128. After pitting for right-side tires and fuel on lap 134, Elliott maneuvered his way to the 13th position. On the final lap of the stage a multi-car incident occurred, bringing out the caution. The driver of the No. 9 crossed the line in the 10th spot to earn a stage point. 

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Hooters Chevrolet Camaro

Under the stage-ending caution, the No. 9 Hooters team made a fast stop for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, gaining Elliott seven spots on pit road in the process. The Hendrick Motorsports driver was third to start the final stage on lap 170 and he continued to hold strong inside the top 10 with his damaged Hooters Chevrolet. He was scored in the seventh position when the caution flag came out on lap 176 and took fuel only during his pit stop. After restarting 10th, Elliott was working his way forward when contact with another car sent him spinning on lap 199. He managed to avoid any additional hard contact and brought his No. 9 Chevy to the attention of his pit crew under the caution for four fresh tires, fuel and to check for damage. Elliott was in 21st when the green flag was displayed and was up to 13th before the yellow flag waved yet again on lap 219. Gustafson called his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. After pitting a second time for additional repairs, Elliott lined up 23rd for the restart and was up inside the top 20 when a multi-car incident slowed the race, bringing out the red flag. Elliott was in 11th when the field went back to green, but it wasn’t long before another incident impacting several cars prompted the yellow flag. Trying to avoid the melee, the driver of the No. 9 spun but avoided contact with other cars. Elliott reported a flat tire on his Chevrolet and drove to pit road for a fresh set of tires. He restarted 21st with just five laps to go and improved six spots to finish 15th.

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Hooters Chevrolet Camaro

With the top-15 finish, Elliott and the No. 9 team leave Atlanta sixth in the Cup Series points standings, just 12 markers behind the leader.

Start / Finish: 28 / 15
Points Standing / Total: 6th / 65 pts. (-12)

Next Race: Sunday, March 3, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
How to Watch or Listen: 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN or SiriusXM

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