Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series The Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Saturday 10 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

Elliott Collected in Late-Race Incident, Finishes 13th in The Clash at Daytona

In Chase Elliott’s second appearance in The Clash at Daytona International Speedway, the No. 9 Mountain Dew driver led three times for a total of 17 laps before being collected in a multi-car accident on the final lap.

A random draw set the lineup for The Clash at Daytona International Speedway. As a result, Elliott and the No. 9 Mountain Dew team started 12th in the annual exhibition race at the 2.5-mile speedway.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series The Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 11 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro, Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Lowe's Chevrolet Camaro, Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing, Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett NKP

 

On Lap 9, the 22-year- old driver started an inside lane and was able to charge his way up to second. The next lap, Elliott took over the lead for the first time in the 75-lap event.

After relinquishing the lead, the No. 9 team elected to come to pit road for right-side tires and fuel at Lap 24 just before a competition caution one lap later. The strategy allowed Elliott to restart second and the field immediately went three wide after taking the green flag once again.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series The Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 11 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro pit stop World Copyright: Russell LaBounty NKP

 

The Dawsonville, Georgia, native chose the inside line with 33 laps remaining and slipped outside the top 10 as the field went single-file for the majority of the final laps.

With six laps to go, Elliott had worked his way back up to ninth and was looking for momentum to climb back toward the front.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series The Advance Auto Parts Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Sunday 11 February 2018 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Lowe's Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker NKP

 

On the final lap, Elliott’s No. 9 Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was caught up in a multi-car incident that resulted in a 13th-place finish.

 

Start / Finish: 12th / 13th
Points Earned: N/A
Points Standing / Total: N/A

 

Next Race: Feb. 15, Duel Race No. 2, Daytona International Speedway
How to Watch or Listen: 7:00 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM

 

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Hendrick Motorsports: @TeamHendrick
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