AVONDALE, Ariz. – Sunday at ISM Raceway, Chase Elliott started in the top five, and he finished in the top five.
The driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 took the checkered flag third to lead his Hendrick Motorsports teammates at the Arizona track.
It pushed Hendrick Motorsports’ streak to 13 consecutive races at ISM Raceway with at least one top-10 finish. The track is one of six different venues where the organization has an active streak of at least 10 consecutive races with a top-10 finish.
Elliott's three Hendrick Motorsports teammates finished back-to-back-to-back just outside of the top 10.
William Byron was the next to cross the finish line in 12th, followed by Alex Bowman in 13th and Jimmie Johnson in 14th.
Kevin Harvick captured the win.
Below is a closer look at how all four Hendrick Motorsports teammates fared Sunday.
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Rolling off the grid third, Elliott maintained his position until a caution 25 laps into Sunday’s race. On pit road, he lost five positions before the ensuing restart.
- Elliott maintained his top-10 position throughout Stage 1, finishing sixth to earn five extra points.
- Elliott looked to be in line to finish Stage 2 in fourth before a caution flag flew with four laps to go in the segment. When he and the rest of the leaders headed to pit road, several competitors stayed out, leaving Elliott to finish the segment just outside of the top 10 in 11th.
- He restarted fifth for the final segment as the competitors who did not pit prior to the end of Stage 2 headed to pit road. During a caution early in the stage, he fell back outside of the top 10 on pit road, but moved all the way back up to fifth by Lap 217.
- After a cycle of green-flag pit stops, Elliott was running third with 22 laps to go, and he maintained that position through the checkered flag, finishing third.
WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Starting Sunday’s race 11th, Byron battled the handling of his No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for much of Stage 1, but remained inside the top 20 to finish the segment in 18th.
- During a caution midway through Stage 2, the No. 24 team elected to take two tires when most competitors took two, allowing Byron to jump from outside the top 15 all the way into the top 10 for a restart on Lap 127.
- Byron held his top-10 position until a caution with four laps to go in Stage 2. He was among the leaders heading to pit road while some competitors stayed out, leaving Byron to finish Stage 2 in 15th.
- He took the green flag for the final segment back inside the top 10 in ninth, and during a caution early in the segment, the No. 24 team elected to take two tires once again. The strategy put Byron in the lead for the ensuing restart, and he held it to pace the field for 14 laps before losing the lead to competitors with four fresh tires.
- After a cycle of green-flag pit stops, Byron was running 11th with 22 laps to go. He lost one position before the checkered flag waved, finishing 12th.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S FOR PROS CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- A 17th-place starting position didn’t keep Johnson out of the top 10 for long, as he found 10th place by Lap 37. He lost a few positions before the end of Stage 1, however, finishing the segment in 14th.
- Johnson jumped back inside the top 10 just 10 laps into Stage 2, and he continued to hold that position until a caution flag flew with four laps to go in the segment. Johnson was among the drivers heading to pit road while some competitors stayed out, causing him to finish Stage 2 in 19th.
- Starting the final segment 13th, Johnson fell back to 19th and settled into that position until a cycle of green-flag pit stops, after which he was running 13th with 22 laps to go.
- Before the checkered flag waved, Johnson lost one position to finish 14th.
ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After starting Sunday’s race in fourth, Bowman lost 15 positions on pit road during the first caution of the race. He found himself outside of the top 20 but regained some momentum by the end of Stage 1, finishing the segment in 16th.
- Bowman reported some possible electrical issues inside the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 early in Stage 2, but he continued to battle, moving into 11th just before a caution flag with four laps to go in the segment.
- Heading to pit road during the caution late in Stage 2, Bowman was penalized for speeding on pit road, sending him to the rear of the field. He finished the segment in 29th.
- Bowman got back to work in the final segment, moving from outside the top 20 to 15th by Lap 226. After a cycle of green-flag pit stops, he was running 12th with 22 laps to go.
- He lost one position down the stretch before crossing the finish line in 13th.