Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC USA Saturday 20 May 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

Chase Elliott Receives Fan Vote Into All-Star Race, Finishes Seventh

Chase Elliott finished seventh in the NASCAR All-Star Race after fans voted the second-year driver into the main event featuring 20 of NASCAR’s top stars battling for $1 million at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After finishing fourth, second and third in the stages of The Open, Elliott secured his way into the All-Star race by virtue of the NASCAR Fan Vote for the second consecutive year.

Elliott lined up 20th for the 70-lap, star-studded event. The No. 24 Mountain Dew team elected to utilize their lone set of softer compound Goodyear tires during the first stage to help Elliott advance through the field. That allowed him to gain seven positions in Stage 1 to finish 13th.

 

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 20: Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 Mountain Dew Chevrolet, stands by his car during the Monster Energy NASCAR Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

 

The No. 24 pit crew gained a position on pit road, so Elliott began Stage 2 in 12th. He continued to push forward throughout the 20-lap stage, finishing 10th.

During Stage 3, Elliott settled into 11th before making slight contact with the wall and slipping back to 12th. He quickly recovered to move up to 10th with five laps remaining in the stage. The second-year driver jumped all the way to eighth at the conclusion of Stage 3.

Elliott’s average finish in the first three stages qualified him to be one of 10 drivers to advance to the final 10-lap stage. He began the final stage 10th after making an additional pit stop to repair right-side damage from Stage 3. Elliott made up three positions in the final stage to finish the night seventh.

 

Start / Finish (Open): 3rd / 3rd
Start / Finish (All-Star): 20th / 7th
Points Earned: N/A
Points Standing: 4th

 

Next Race: May 28, Charlotte 600, Charlotte Motor Speedway
How to Watch or Listen: 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesMonster Energy NASCAR All-Star RaceCharlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC USASaturday 20 May 2017Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Chevrolet SSWorld Copyright: Matthew T. ThackerNKP

 

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