Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, TX USA Saturday 4 November 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Hooters Chevrolet SS World Copyright: John K Harrelson NKP

Elliott, No. 24 Team Collect 19th Top-Ten Finish of Season at Texas

Chase Elliott and the No. 24 Hooters team battled from the back of the field to finish eighth in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Elliott remains in the NASCAR Playoff hunt as the Series heads to Phoenix International Raceway next weekend.

After starting 34th, Elliott wasted no time moving forward when the green flag waved. He worked his way up to 20th by Lap 10.  The 21-year-old driver continued to climb through the field during the first 85-lap stage. Elliott reported some handling issues early in the race, but crew chief Alan Gustafson and the Hooters team improved their No. 24 Chevrolet with adjustments during a Lap-54 pit stop. Elliott ended Stage 1 in 11th.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesAAA Texas 500Texas Motor SpeedwayFort Worth, TX USASunday 5 November 2017Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Hooters Chevrolet SSWorld Copyright: Rusty JarrettNKP

 

The Dawsonville, Georgia, native continued to work hard during Stage 2, starting in 10th and advancing to fifth-place by the time the green-checkered flag waved to conclude the stage. As a result, Elliott claimed an additional six stage points for the race.

The final stage of the 334-lap race proved to be the most challenging for Elliott and the No. 24 Hooters team. After starting in the top 10, Elliott dropped a few spots early while telling his crew that he had no grip in the right rear of the car.

By Lap 249, Elliott had advanced to eighth. For the remainder of the race, the driver of the No. 24 Chevy hit a plateau and was unable to gain any more positions on the field. Elliott ultimately finished eighth – the second-year driver’s 19th top-10 finish of the season.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, TX USA Sunday 5 November 2017 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Hooters Chevrolet SS and Joey Gase, Tommy Baldwin Racing, DonateLifeTexas.org Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Russell LaBounty NKP

 

Elliott is currently seventh in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff standings, 49 points behind fourth, as the series heads to Phoenix International Raceway for the Round of 8 cut-off race.

 

Start / Finish: 34th / 8th
Points Earned: 35
Points Standing / Total: 7th / 4062 points

 

Next Race: November 12, Can-Am 500, Phoenix Raceway
How to Watch or Listen: 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

 

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

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