CONCORD, N.C. -- Chase Elliott and William Byron both overcame obstacles on Sunday to secure top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway.
Elliott battled through a radio issue during the race and Byron was forced to rally after a two-tire pit stop didn't go as planned. Despite this, Elliott finished sixth and Byron was eighth when the checkered flag waved.
"It was a good day for us by the end there. We had a couple things happen early on that we had to recover from," Byron said. "We took two tires early and fell back really far in the field, and that was tough. We rebounded from that and got our car tightened up, which we needed. We’re putting together solid runs and we just need to keep that going as the year ends."
Elliott said the radio issue wasn't a huge deal and added the No. 9 team worked together to keep him toward the front of the pack.
“We had a pretty fast NAPA Camaro. I felt like we fired off well," he said. "(We) lost a little track position there in that middle stage and it was just tough to get a big chunk of it back in a hurry.
"(I) had a bad restart there, fell back too far, and it just took me a long time to kind of claw back up through there. We’ve got two more weeks and we’ll try to go get them in Texas.”
Elliott is in the running for a NASCAR Cup Series title along with seven other drivers, including teammate Alex Bowman. He will try to punch his ticket into the Championship 4 at Texas on Sunday while Byron will look to earn his second career victory in the Cup Series.