Chase Elliott ‘shocked’ after finishing fifth at Loudon

LOUDON, NH - JULY 22: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 22, 2018 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

The Chevrolet camp has had very little to cheer for so far in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series season.  The only race they have won this year with the new Zl1 was the season opening Daytona 500.

Since then the Chevy contingent has had little to show for their efforts in victory lane.

Chase Elliott gave them a reason to cheer Sunday, and almost a reason to celebrate.

After stating 9th, Elliott worked his way forward, finishing second in stage one which ended on lap 70.

By lap 120 Elliott was slowly reeling in then-leader Martin Truex Jr. In heavy lapped traffic on lap 129 Elliott got by the reigning champion for the lead.  The Hendrick Motorsports driver would go on to win his first stage of the season and the first stage win for Hendrick Motorsports in 2018.

“I was shocked, to be honest with you, that we ran even that good,” Elliott said. “Our whole NAPA group did a great job overnight. I really have no idea where that came from. I hope it wasn’t dumb luck. Hopefully we can keep it rolling because it’s really nice to be able to go up there and lead some laps. I know it wasn’t the right part of the race, but still, leading laps for us is big compared to what we’ve been doing.”

He would finish the day fifth and leave Chevy fans wondering when that all-elusive second win for the ZL1 will happen.

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