Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA USA Sunday 30 April 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Brakes Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

Elliott, NAPA Brakes Team Finish 24th at Richmond

Chase Elliott and the No. 24 NAPA Brakes team finished 24th in Sunday’s 400-lap event at Richmond International Raceway after a late-race uncontrolled tire penalty.

Elliott rolled off the grid in 14th for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at .75-mile track. When Stage 1 came to a close on Lap 100, the 21-year-old driver had advanced to just outside the top 10 in 11th.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesToyota Owners 400Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA USASunday 30 April 2017Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Brakes Chevrolet SSWorld Copyright: Matthew T. ThackerNKP

 

After a pit stop between the first and second stages, Elliott restarted 12th. He entered the top 10 for the first time in the race on Lap 114. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native dropped back in the field during Stage 2 due to a tight-handling condition and went on to finish the second stage in 17th.

Elliott came to the attention of the No. 24 NAPA Brakes team for a pit stop under caution between stages and again during a caution on Lap 252. He restarted 12th and eventually rejoined the top 10 on Lap 278.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA USA Sunday 30 April 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Brakes Chevrolet SS and Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing, Okuma Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

 

During a green-flag pit stop on Lap 317, Elliott received for four fresh tires and fuel. He continued gaining momentum during the latter part of the race, running 12th with 40 laps to go.

The No. 24 NAPA Brakes team made another pit stop for four tires and fuel under caution on Lap 378. However, a penalty for an uncontrolled tire forced him to restart at the rear of the field in 26th.

Elliott managed to recover a pair of positions after the race’s final restart and ultimately finished the day 24th.

 

Start / Finish: 14th / 24th
Points Earned: 13
Points Standing / Total: 3rd / 346 points

 

Next Race: May 7, Talladega 500, Talladega Superspeedway
How to Watch or Listen: 2:00 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA USA Saturday 29 April 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Brakes Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

 

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