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Chase Elliott

Team: Hendrick Motorsports-24
Age / DOB:  (20) / 11/28/1995
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 145

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Chase Elliott posted the second-fastest lap in the second practice session for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His fastest lap of 135.893 mph was 0.010 seconds slower than Kyle Larson.
Elliott and Larson have been competing at the front of the pack with regularity. We are not only experiencing a solid Chase competition, but a changing of the guard at the front of the pack. Sep 23 - 4:42 PM

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Chase Elliott was running among the top 10 when Martin Truex Jr. failed to launch on a late-race restart. The No. 78’s transmission failed, but the dented fender on the No. 24 was the real danger when it cut a tire and sent Elliott into the wall a few laps later.

Elliott finished only 34th in his New Hampshire debut—seven laps off the pace. He should still be considered one of the favorites to score a top-10 this week and on the heels of a solid Chicagoland Speedway run, he should easily clear the first round of the Chase.
Sep 23 - 9:43 AM

Chase Elliott would almost certainly have won his first NASCAR Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 to become the first driver in history to win his inaugural trophy at this track. In the shade of the checkers, a final caution waved, causing most of the field to pit. Elliott restarted fifth—on the inside of the third row—and was able to climb to only third at the checkers.

On one hand, this is an instance of Elliott losing yet another race because of a late-race restart. The team is getting so much stronger overall and it still seems likely Elliott will win at least one race during the Chase. If that comes on one of the next similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, he could easily advance to the third round of the Chase. Most importantly, Elliott was upbeat after failing to win. NASCAR is an emotional sport and attitude matters.
Sep 18 - 6:19 PM

Chase Elliott is one of the drivers who must wish NASCAR had gotten qualification underway. All three of his fastest in laps in the three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 practices at Chicagoland Speedway were better than his 14th-place roster position.

Elliott’s best effort was his second-fastest lap set in final practice Saturday afternoon when track conditions were the most like what driver will face on Sunday. In that session, he also had the second-quickest 10-lap average.
Sep 17 - 9:18 PM

Ultimately, Chase Elliott needed to only finish the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway to secure his position in the Chase, but with teammate Kasey Kahne challenging to move the playoff cutline, the rookie had some anxious moments Saturday night. He overcame crash damage and mistakes in the pits to barely crack the top 20 in 19th.

Rookies can be forgiven the occasional mistake, but it will be difficult to win the Chase when one is caught speeding on pit road. His contact came as the result of a four-wide battle in heavy traffic and cannot rightly be counted again him.
Sep 11 - 2:31 PM

Chase Elliott failed to advance out of the first qualification session for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. His lap of 121.775 mph was good enough for only 34th on the grid.

Elliott did not look very good in practice either in terms of fastest lap or 10-lap average. It is difficult to imagine he will finish in the 30s, however, and that should guarantee he earns positive place-differential points.
Sep 9 - 6:19 PM

Chase Elliott entered the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway with six consecutive top-10s and had as much momentum as anyone in the field. His next eight races were all outside that mark, however, and his season seemed to be slipping away. He finished 10th in the Bojangles' Southern 500, however, which was his second consecutive top-10.

A solid Bristol Motor Speedway run three weeks ago fell apart with crash damage, but last week he had the car to beat at Michigan International Speedway. He finished second in the Pure Michigan 400, and challenged for a top-five again at Darlington Raceway until getting shuffled out of the lead pack. His 10th-place finish Sunday night was easily a step in the right direction.
Sep 5 - 12:12 AM

After eight consecutive races without a top-10—which was the longest of his brief, 29-race career—Chase Elliott challenged for the victory at Michigan International Speedway last week. He struggled at Darlington Raceway in 2015, however, so the Bojangles' Southern 500 is going to be a test of his resolve and whether his momentum has shifted to the positive.

There were extenuating circumstances where Elliott was concerned last week. He was forced to start in the back of the pack after making unapproved adjustment and piled into an early accident. He dented his car in a second incident and retired in 41st on lap 227. Given how well he has run overall, one suspects there is easily a top-10 in his future.
Sep 2 - 5:37 PM

Chase Elliott spun his tires on a late-race restart this June in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He spun his tires on the final restart again this week and finished second for the second time in two starts on this track.

Elliott is one of the top points’ earners this week and his salary cap in most games was manageable. Elliott now has a 27-point advantage over the Chase bubble with two more opportunities to win during the regular season. He debuted at Darlington Raceway last year and suffered crash damage, however.
Aug 28 - 5:04 PM

Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott both had top-seven times in the first practice session at Michigan International Speedway. Elliott qualified fifth; Blaney will start seventh. And notably, they had the second (Blaney) and third (Elliott) fastest laps in Saturday morning’s session. Blaney posted a lap of 201.427 mph; Elliott went 201.196 mph.

This is precisely the way they started the year. Both hit hard times during the summer, but last week’s Bristol Motor Speedway reversed their fortune with strong runs before crash damage hurt their efforts.
Aug 27 - 9:42 AM

Chase Elliott posted a lap of 201.303 mph to qualify fifth. Ryan Blaney had a lap of 201.202 mph and will start the Pure Michigan 400 seventh.

Both rookies should run well on Sunday on Michigan International Speedway and both are moderately priced in salary cap games. They should contend for top-10s.
Aug 26 - 6:24 PM

Ryan Blaney posted a lap of 200.775 mph to become the fastest rookie in first practice for the Pure Michigan 400; that put him fourth on the speed chart. Chase Elliott was seventh fastest overall at Michigan International Speedway and second among the freshmen with a speed of 200.585 mph.

At the beginning of the season, these two rookies paced one another and it appears they are picking up where they left off. Last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, both were top-five capable before sustaining crash damage.
Aug 26 - 1:40 PM

Chase Elliott had one of the best cars in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but he sustained considerable damage in the lap-372 incident that ruined the day of several top contenders and dropped to 15th in the standings. Kurt Busch spun from the lead and collected many top-10 challengers in that incident.

Elliott managed the downside of the contact better than several others to stay eighth in the points. This was his second consecutive top-15 and his third in four races, but he has not scored a top-10 since the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Happily, the series returns there next week.
Aug 21 - 10:16 PM

Bristol Motor Speedway in not a track traditionally kind to rookies, but someone forgot to tell Chase Elliott. He finished fourth after qualifying 19th this spring in his first outing on this track.

That is Elliott’s only top-10 on a short track at the Cup level, but he was respectable the next week at Richmond International Raceway and scored a 12th after starting 23rd. Last spring, he was 16th from 16th at Richmond, which suggests he is on target to score at least another top-15.
Aug 16 - 10:04 AM

It remains to be seen, but Watkins Glen International might prove to be a pivotal race for Chase Elliott. With a respectable 13th-place run, and given the fact that another unique winner did not emerge from that race, he has only four more regular season races to survive in order to qualify for the 2016 Chase for the Championship.

Elliott’s slide down the order began at Sonoma Raceway with a 21st-place finish. Four of his next five races were marred by crash damage and results in the 30s. He needs at least another few top-15s in the next four attempts to stop his downward progress.
Aug 10 - 1:50 PM