Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesBojangles' Southern 500Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC USASunday 3 September 2017Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Auto Parts Throwback Chevrolet SS Dale Earnhardt Jr, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Throwback Chevrolet SSWorld Copyright: Matthew T. ThackerNKP

Chase Elliott & NAPA Team Finish 11th at Darlington

Chase Elliott moved one step closer to qualifying for the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs by finishing 11th in Sunday night’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Elliott and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet rolled off the grid 20th. He picked up one position for a 19th-place finish in Stage 1.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC USA Saturday 2 September 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Auto Parts Throwback Chevrolet SS, Alan Gustafson World Copyright: Logan Whitton NKP

 

Elliott continued to make progress in the second stage and took the green-checkered flag in 11th at Lap 200. Elliott spent the early portion of the final stage racing just outside the top ten.

In the late laps, Elliott found himself knocking on the door of the top ten while running in 12th. The No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS made a scheduled green-flag pit stop at Lap 298.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC USA Sunday 3 September 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Auto Parts Throwback Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

 

After the entire field cycled through green-flag pit stops, Elliott was running eighth with 50 laps remaining. With less than 25 laps to go, the No. 24 team made their final pit stop for four tires and fuel to carry second-year driver to the checkered flag.

Elliott battled to make his way toward the top ten in the closing laps of the race. By race’s end, the Dawsonville, Georgia, native managed to climb his way back to 11th at the checkered flag.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC USA Sunday 3 September 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Auto Parts Throwback Chevrolet SS and Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing, American Ethanol Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

 

Start / Finish: 20th / 11th
Points Earned: 26
Points Standing / Total: 7th / 737 points

 

Next Race: September 9, Richmond 400, Richmond Raceway
How to Watch or Listen: 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

 

 

NAPA: @NAPARacing
Chase Elliott: @ChaseElliott
Hendrick Motorsports: @TeamHendrick
No. 24 Team: @Hendrick24Team

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