Chase Elliott goes from hero to ninth place at Michigan

Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1, races to a 9th place finish Sunday, August 12, 2018 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)

The week before, Chase Elliott was riding high after his feel-good win at Watkins Glen.

And Sunday prior to Monster Energy Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Elliott admitted that he wished he would have had more time to enjoy his first Cup win.

His issues really started Friday when Elliott qualified 21st.  During a pit stop during a competition caution on lap 27, Elliott’s crew was penalized for an uncontrolled tire.

He restarted 30th.

Ten laps later Elliott was forced back in with a vibration from a possible loose tire.  He rejoined the field 38th, one lap down.

It took the rest of the 200 laps for Elliott to fight his way back to 9th.

“Yeah, we didn’t have a lot of pace and very frustrating,” a subdued Elliott said. “But I feel like we made the most of it.”

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