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.