Elliott continues momentum with fine second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Chase Elliott continued his seemingly relentless march to ultimate NASCAR Cup glory in 2022 after finishing second to Christopher Bell at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Coming off the back of a dominant and historic victory in Atlanta, Elliott was at it again and looking strong to make it back-to-back victories, taking the lead for the first time when passing Kurt Busch on lap 247 of the 301-lap race.

Ultimately, however, the victory was not to be as Bell made the ultimately decisive move to charge past on lap 260 before hanging tough for the race win.

“I just need to do a better job again,” Elliott is quoted on the official Hendrick Motorsports website. “I feel like it was a poor run of execution on my end throughout that last run. I feel like it took me awhile to get past Joey (Logano) and the No. 45 (Kurt Busch), and I had to run a little harder than I wanted to.

“I got in front of those guys, just made a couple of mistakes and couldn’t get much breathing room.”

Elliott oughtn’t to have been too hard on himself, his impressive run of form meaning that he has now finished either first or second in four consecutive races including victory at Nashville Superspeedway, second at Road America, victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway and now second place at ‘The Magic Mile’ in New Hampshire.

More importantly, it all means that Elliott extends his regular season standings lead to 67 markers over Ross Chastain, Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson by no means giving up in the defence of his title in fifth place behing Martin Truex Jr.

Next up for Hendrick Motorsports is “The Tricky Triangle” of Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 24.

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