Elliott said the team had excellent pit stops throughout the day but it didn’t work out for a second win in the Winchester 400. Elliott captured the victory in 2010.
“I’ve had some good runs at Winchester,” he said, “but never got a win. It’s nice to get the monkey off my back.”
VanDoorn and Grill dominated most of the first 200 laps with the two drivers combining to lead 165 of the opening circuits as they swapped the lead four times.
Last year’s Winchester 400 winner Ross Kenseth was eliminated in a multi-car crash on lap L51 on the back straight which also involved Elliott, Donnie Wilson and Martin Latulippe.
“I had a left rear going down,” Elliott said of the incident. “I don’t know who I made contact with, but I was lucky to be able to continue.”
Seven of the 37 cars that started finished on the lead lap and there were 21 drivers who completed at least 390 laps. There were 14 lead changes among six different drivers.