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Chase Elliott, Another Runner Up



Will it ever happen?  I’m sure that’s what Chase Elliott was thinking after he crossed the line second at Dover.  He also may have felt this way when taking the checkered flag 2nd at Chicagoland just weeks before. The Georgia native has been looking for his first win for almost two seasons, but he’s only been able to get close.

Since his cup career began, Elliott has finished 2nd five times.  He could almost taste victory this last weekend at Dover, and if the race was 2 laps shorter he would have.  Coming to the white flag, Kyle Busch, was able to pass Elliott.  To make matters worst Elliott led over 130 laps before being passed with two to go.

Going into this weekends Bank of America 500 the 24 team has had some success.  In their last trip at NASCAR’s home track, the team led 103 laps but crashed later in the race.  In just four trips to the track, Elliott has a best finish of 8th.  He also has two DNF’s coming in the last two races run there.  With the 24’s string of consistently lately, maybe this is the place to get his first win.

Chase Elliott isn’t the only one

Though Chase Elliott has had his share of runner-up finishes, he’s not alone in that stat.  Other drivers that finished second multiple times include Bill Elliott (Chase’s father, with 8), Glenn Wood (6), Darrell Waltrip (4), and Mark Martin (6).  All of these drivers went on to either be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Championship winners, or very successful.

With Chase Elliott going on to be in the 9 car next year with HMS, maybe it’s fate that his first win will come in a number so dear to him and his family, or maybe we will see it this year, in the legendary #24.

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