Elliott celebrates ‘best day’, for Earnhardt Jr. it’s ’holy moly’ at Pocono

Chase Elliott led 51 laps during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2016 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
Chase Elliott led 51 laps during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2016 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
Chase Elliott led 51 laps during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2016 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

For two Hendrick Motorsports drivers Monday’s rescheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup  Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono Raceway gave reasons to smile, and wonder what might have been.  Rookie Chase Elliott and NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. both had good days, yet came up short of the win.

For young Elliott, who took over for retiring Jeff Gordon as the start of the year, Monday s yet another strong performance. Elliott started 13th, but shortly a restart on lap 66 Elliott was second, got a run exiting turn 1 and had the lead by the time the field got to turn 2.  From that point, Elliott would go on to lead a race high 51 laps, more than he had at any time in his short Sprint Cup career.

“We certainly had I feel like one of our best days of the year personally,” Elliott said.

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