Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

This had been a mis­er­able sea­son for Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports, by its own stan­dards. Only two of its four driv­ers made the Chase this year and Dale Earn­hardt Jr. is side­lined with a con­cus­sion.

John­son has the only wins for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, but El­liott had been sniff­ing vic­tory lane all sea­son.

On Sun­day, the two com­bined to lead 258 of the 334 laps, and John­son and El­liott ran 1-2 for a huge chunk of the race.

El­liott was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent with 75 laps re­main­ing and could not hide his dis­ap­point­ment.

“We had such a good car,” he said. “I’m devastated that we didn’t get the re­sult that my guys de­serve.”

De­spite El­liott’s fin­ish, it was a good or­ga­ni­za­tional day for Hen­drick: Kasey Kahne fin­ished third and Alex Bow­man showed early speed be­fore a tire is­sue caused him to wreck.

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