Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Saturday 1 July 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Patriotic Chevrolet SS, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Chevrolet SS, Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports, UniFirst Chevrolet SS World Copyright: John K Harrelson NKP

Elliott Finishes 22nd after Roller-Coaster Night at Daytona

The No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Patriotic team finished 22nd at Daytona International Speedway on a night that saw Chase Elliott lead early, spin out mid-race, rally back into the top 10 before spinning again late. The team remains sixth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings through 17 races.

Elliott rolled off the grid second alongside teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the front row for the July 4th weekend event.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Saturday 1 July 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Patriotic Chevrolet SS and Dale Earnhardt Jr, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Chevrolet SS front row with Rick and Linda Hendrick World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

 

After leading early in Stage 1, Elliott was shuffled outside the top 10 and found himself 16th at the end of the 40-lap stage.

Elliott rallied his way back into the top 10 before slipping back to 17th by the end of Stage 2. During the caution following the conclusion of the second stage, the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Patriotic team opted for fresh right-side tires and fuel, gaining Elliott nine positions for the ensuing restart.

The Dawsonville, Georgia, native raced his way into the top five on Lap 96, drafting with his teammate Jimmie Johnson. As the field raced down the backstretch on Lap 98, Elliott’s No. 24 Chevy received a slight tap from a competitor causing the 21-year-old driver to spin through the grass and bringing out the eighth caution of the race.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Thursday 29 June 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Patriotic Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

 

The No. 24 machine visited pit road to repair damage and take fresh left-side tires. Elliott made a second stop during the caution for right-side tires and additional repairs. He restarted 30th on the lead lap with 58 laps to go.

Shortly after the restart, the yellow flag waved once again and the No. 24 returned to pit road for additional repair work on the NAPA AUTO PARTS Patriotic Chevrolet SS. Despite the setback, Elliott worked his way through the field and climbed all the way to 13th with 36 laps to go. After making his way up to seventh place, the inside lane fizzled out and Elliott fell back to 26th.

Once again, Elliott charged his way back up to 11th with only seven laps remaining. He lined up there for an overtime restart. Unfortunately, Elliott spun just after the restart and was scored 22nd at the finish.

 

Start / Finish: 2nd / 22nd
Points Earned: 15
Points Standing / Total: 6th / 524 points

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL USA Friday 30 June 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Patriotic Chevrolet SS and Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports, UniFirst Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

 

Next Race: July 8, Kentucky 400, Kentucky Speedway
How to Watch or Listen: 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

 

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