NASCAR driver Chase Elliott happily settled for second place in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS at last weekend’s Tales of the Turtles 400 – the first event of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoffs. The Hendrick Motorsports driver led the race for 42 laps at the Chicagoland Speedway, ultimately falling in behind Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry, but was happy to have his pace back.
“Obviously, it would have been great to battle with Martin a little bit more,” Elliott said after the race. “We didn’t have anything for him. [But] from where we’ve been to where we ran today was a major, major step in the right direction, frankly where we need to be, where we deserve to be, to the potential we can run.”
The Tales of the Turtles 400 represents Chase Elliott’s best race result since the FireKeepers Casino 400 at the Michigan International Speeway in June.
The top six at Chicagoland was an even mix of Toyota, Chevrolet, and Ford, with Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS finishing fifth. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoffs head east this coming weekend for the ISM Connect 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.