10-12 June, 2016, Brooklyn, Michigan USA Chase Elliott ©2016, Russell LaBounty NKP

Chase Elliott Records Career-Best Result in Irish Hills

Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, earned his career-best result – a second place finish – in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Leading his teammates to the green flag in 10th, Elliott briefly fell outside of the top 10 due to a tight-handling condition, but raced his way back in by Lap 30. Just over 30 laps later Elliott found the runner-up position. Elliott maintained a presence in the top-five for the remainder of the race

On a restart with 83 laps remaining, Elliott raced out to the lead. He led 35 laps, the second-most laps led of the day, before losing the lead on a restart – though he moved back to second on another restart with 40 laps remaining. He was able to maintain that position as the checkered flag waved.

10-12 June, 2016, Brooklyn, Michigan USA Ford Pace Car ©2016, John Harrelson / NKP

For the second consecutive week, Elliott led laps and a win looked within reach. While the trip to Victory Lane eluded him in the Irish Hills, he took home his best career finish of second place as well as his eleventh top-10 finish of the year.

“The guys gave me a fantastic car today,” Elliott said. “This whole NAPA group has been working so hard these past few weeks.”

10-12 June, 2016, Brooklyn, Michigan USAChase Elliott©2016, Matthew T. ThackerNKP

Elliott led the four-car Hendrick Motorsports contingent to the checkered flag with his second-place effort followed by Kasey Kahne in 13th. Jimmie Johnson finished 16th and Dale Earnhardt took home a 39th-place result.

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule will be at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 26th. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

10-12 June, 2016, Brooklyn, Michigan USA Chase Elliott (24) ©2016, LAT Photo USA

 

Chase Elliott 2016 Stats after Michigan (June race)

RankingPointsStartsPolesWinsTop-5Top-10Laps Led
64531520611118

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings (Top 16 after 15 of 36 races)

PostionDriver (wins)Points
1.Kevin Harvick (1)526
2. Kurt Busch (1)496
3.Brad Keselowski (2)480
4.Carl Edwards (2)472
5.Joey Logano (1)455
6.Chase Elliott453
7.Jimmie Johnson (2)441
8.Martin Truex Jr. (1)433
9.Kyle Busch (3)417
10.Matt Kenseth (1)409
11.Dale Earnhardt Jr.383
12.Austin Dillon381
13.Denny Hamlin (1)380
14.Jamie McMurray374
15.Ryan Newman369
16.Ryan Blaney364

10-12 June, 2016, Brooklyn, Michigan USA Chase Elliott ©2016, Russell LaBounty NKP

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