Dawsonville, Georiga-native Chase Elliott will be relegated to a poor finish in his hometown race, after a mechanical issue at the start of the race’s final stage has taken him out of contention for the victory in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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It was already a difficult day for the Hendrick Motorsports driver, after multiple inspection failures forced the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro to start at the rear of the field. On top of that, Elliott recieved some nose damage in an earlier incident on a restart, which sent Kurt Busch into the outside wall.
Elliott will earn his first finish outside the top-35 in the NASCAR Cup Series since last August at Dover.