After dominating the first half of the race, Chase Elliott came home with a disappointing 10th place at the Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
Elliott looked like the car that came out of the gate as he drove the first 185 laps and won the first two stages in the process. However, having lost the lead on the pit road to William Byron after the second stage, Elliott struggled to maintain his commanding pace and slowly faded from the competition for the rest of the night.
Elliot started off the pole and showed no intention of looking back. He’s led the most laps to start the Martinsville race since Darrell Waltrip in 1980, but teammate William Byron stayed close the entire time. The two Hendrick Motorsports drivers proved early on that they were the field class, and the race was shaping up to be a battle between them.