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Chase Elliott Logs Tenth Top-10 Finish of 2016 Season

3-5 June, 2016, Long Pond, Pennsylvania USAChase Elliott©2016, Matthew T. ThackerNKP

Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, earned his 10th top-10 finish of the year by posting a fourth-place result in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway Monday afternoon.

Elliott began the 400-mile race in 13th but made quick work of climbing his way toward the front. He drove his No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS by teammate Kahne and inside the top 10 on Lap 10. Elliott pitted under the competition caution and restarted in eighth but jumped to fourth on the restart. Following a Lap 27 caution, Elliott restarted in third and after the leader pitted, assumed the runner-up position.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Pocono

Running a tad snug throughout another cycle of green-flag pit stops, Elliott restarted in second on Lap 66 and grabbed the lead at the green.

“These past two laps have been a good pace,” Elliott’s spotter Eddie D’Hondt said over the radio while Elliott led the field.

He held the first position through four additional cautions before losing the lead on pit road. Throughout his time at the front of the field, he led 51 total laps in his first Sprint Cup event at Pocono Raceway.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Pocono

A solid restart with 38 laps to go got Elliott up to third, and he found his way back to the runner-up position during an ensuing caution. In the process of saving fuel, however, he would ultimately take home a fourth-place finish

“I felt like I made a big mistake there at the tunnel and it gave Kurt a big run,” Elliott said after capturing his 10th top-10 finish of the year. “Basically you just learn and just be really proud that we had a super-fast car, a car that could lead all day and a group of guys that are willing to fight to try to get in Victory Lane.”

2016 NASCAR Pocono

Elliott’s teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., led the four-car Hendrick Motorsports contingent to the checkered flag finishing second. Kasey Kahne finished 6th and Jimmie Johnson took home a 35th-place result.

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule will be at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, June 12th. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

2016 NASCAR Pocono

Chase Elliott 2016 Stats after Pocono (June race)

RankingPointsStartsPolesWinsTop-5Top-10Laps Led

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings (Top 16 after 14 of 36 races)

PostionDriver (wins)Points
1.Kevin Harvick (1)490
2.Kurt Busch (1)465
3.Brad Keselowski (2)442
4.Carl Edwards (2)437
5.Kyle Busch (3)416
6.Jimmie Johnson (2)415
7.Chase Elliott413
8.Joey Logano410
9.Martin Truex Jr. (1)403
10.Matt Kenseth (1)382
11.Dale Earnhardt Jr.381
12.Denny Hamlin (1)372
13.Austin Dillon348
14.Jamie McMurray342
15.Ryan Blaney340
16.Ryan Newman338

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Pocono

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Founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports is the winningest team in NASCAR Cup Series history. At the sport’s premier level, the organization holds the all-time records in every major statistical category, including championships (14), points-paying race victories (291) and laps led (over 77,000). Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, the team fields four full-time entries in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by 2020 champion Chase Elliott.

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