Chase Elliott's last few months in NASCAR haven't quite gone to plan.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a superb start to the season and opened up a hefty points gap at the top of the championship. However, in the four races prior to Ally 400, Chase's best finish was eighth, and even that came after three consecutive finishes of 21st or worse.
However, he was back to his best in Nashville on Sunday, and was able to hold off Kyle Busch to claim his second win of 2022.
It was a crucial moment for Elliott to return to the top step of the podium, with Ross Chastain and Ryan Blainey hot on his trail in the championship standings.
But Elliott's win on Sunday has kept him top of the pack on 586 points, while Chastain and Blaney follow closely behind on 556 and 555 respectively.
"Look, it's fun to win regardless I feel like," said Elliot after his Ally 400 triumph.
"But I was really proud of a couple things. One, proud of having the past month-and-a-half, two months that we've had been horrendous,"
"I've crashed about 10 times and we've had a lot of stuff happen to end up having bad finishes.
"You never want that, whether it's in a string of races or not, you don't want that, period. So, proud to be able to bounce back from a really rough stretch."
Elliott's other positive came in the shape of how his team performed over the weekend, especially after he suffered a poor start to the 300-lap race.
"As bad as we were at the beginning of the race, to be able to adjust on it, take advantage of the opportunities we had to try to fix it and then to hit on it and be able to execute on it after we hit on it to be able to finish the event strong is not an easy thing to do," he said.
"I feel like we're as good as anybody, and I felt like they really showcased their talents, not just on pit road with their pit stops being really solid but making really good adjustments and just staying on top of everything, so it was a good team win."