Chase Elliott Leads Four-Car Hendrick Motorsports Contingent at Talladega

Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, began the Round of 12 finale from the fourth position and finished 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Elliott and the No. 24 team gave it all they had, but a win at Talladega eluded them Sunday afternoon.

With that, the rookie’s run in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup comes to an end. Elliott was one of four drivers eliminated at Talladega as NASCAR’s postseason moves to the Round of 8.

 

21-23 October, 2016, Talladega, Alabama USA Chase Elliott © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP

 

“We tried to make it happen,” Elliott said. “Disappointed we came up short — this NAPA team has been fighting hard these past few weeks. We’ve had some awesome race cars and it’s definitely unfortunate to come up short there.”

The 20-year-old rookie fought hard at Talladega leading five times during the Alabama 500, but unfortunately due to accidents in the past two races of the Round of 12 he was unable to recover the points needed to advance.

 

21-23 October, 2016, Talladega, Alabama USAChase Elliott©2016, Matthew T. ThackerNKP

 

Elliott was followed to the finish by teammate Jimmie Johnson who clocked in 23rd. Kasey Kahne finished 35th while Alex Bowman subbing in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the Hendrick Motorsports contingent in 36th.

While he was eliminated from the postseason, Elliott is still in the running for NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver award. Votes may be cast here or on the NASCAR mobile app.

 

21-23 October, 2016, Talladega, Alabama USABrad Keselowski and Chase Elliott©2016, Barry Cantrell / NKP

 

The next event on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will be Sunday, Oct. 30 at Martinsville Speedway. The event will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 1 p.m. ET.

 

Chase Elliott Stats after Talladega (October race)

RankingPointsStartsPolesWinsTop-5Top-10Laps Led
1221563220915355

 

21-23 October, 2016, Talladega, Alabama USA Chase Elliott ©2016, John Harrelson / NKP

 

2016 Sprint Cup Standings (after 6 of 10 playoff races; Round of 12 complete)

PostionDriver (wins)Points
1.Joey Logano (2)4000
2. Jimmie Johnson (3)4000
3.Kevin Harvick (4)4000
4.Matt Kenseth (2)4000
5.Carl Edwards (2)4000
6.Denny Hamlin (3)4000
7.Kurt Busch (1)4000
8.Kyle Busch (4)4000
9.Martin Truex Jr. (4)2191
10.Brad Keselowski (4)2168
11.Austin Dillon2163
12.Chase Elliott2156

 

21-23 October, 2016, Talladega, Alabama USA Chase Elliott © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP

 

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Hendrick Motorsports: @TeamHendrick
No. 24 Team: @Hendrick24Team

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