2017 NASCAR Cup - Clash at Daytona Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL USA Sunday 19 February 2017 Chase Elliott World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP

Chase Elliott’s Inaugural Clash Concludes with Top-10 Finish at Daytona

Chase Elliott raced his No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS to a seventh-place finish in his first career start in The Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

 

2017 NASCAR Cup - Clash at Daytona Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL USA Sunday 19 February 2017 Chase Elliott World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP

 

Elliott started the rain-delayed 75-lap race 14th and paced himself in the draft by running in the rear with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson during the first 25-lap segment.

When the first caution waved on Lap 18, the Dawsonville, Georgia native pitted to correct an overheating issue on his Chevrolet. The No. 24 was scored seventh at the end of the segment after Elliott utilized a few daring three-wide passes, coupled with several leaders opting to pit in the late laps, to advance his way through the field.

Before the start of the final segment, crew chief Alan Gustafson elected to bring Elliott to pit road to allow the NAPA AUTO PARTS team to top off the fuel of the No. 24.

 

2017 NASCAR Cup - Clash at Daytona Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL USA Sunday 19 February 2017 Chase Elliott pit stop World Copyright: Russell LaBounty/NKP

 

As the race restarted with 46 laps remaining, the reigning Rookie of the Year found himself in the 13th position. Elliott’s efforts of advancing through the field became difficult as the pack raced side-by-side, limiting the 21-year-olds endeavor to reach the top 10.

Gustafson called Elliott to pit road once again under caution on Lap 50. This time for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. The No. 24 was 12th for the final restart of the event.

Elliott made a late surge into the top 10 as The Clash drew to an end and was able to capture a seventh-place finish after avoiding a crash on the last lap.

 

2017 NASCAR Cup - Clash at Daytona Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 19 February 2017 Chase Elliott World Copyright: {Nigel Kinrade}/NKP

 

Next Race: Feb. 23, Duel Race No. 1, Daytona International Speedway
How to Watch: 7 p.m. ET on FS1

 

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Chase Elliott: @ChaseElliott
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