Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, finished second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon, logging his 12th top-ten finish of 2016.
The race marked a milestone of sorts as it was his 24th points-paying start in the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS.
Leading late in the race, Elliott nearly found his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, but a caution flag with 13 laps remaining meant one final restart. The driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS lost the lead on the restart but recovered for the runner-up result.
“It’s definitely unfortunate,” Elliott said, explaining that he spun the tires on the restart. “I hate to let my guys down like that. They bailed me out a few times today and I gave it right back. We were strong I felt like as a company today, which was encouraging. We’ll look at the positives and get to Darlington.”
Elliott’s teammate, Jimmie Johnson, finished sixth while shop mate Kasey Kahne took home a 14th-place result. Alex Bowman subbing in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 30th.
The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule will be at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 4. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by NBC.
Chase Elliott Stats after Michigan (August race)
2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings (Top 16 after 24 of 36 races)
|1.||Kevin Harvick (2)||799|
|2.||Brad Keselowski (4)||774|
|3.||Carl Edwards (2)||724|
|4.||Kurt Busch (1)||721|
|5.||Joey Logano (1)||716|
|6.||Kyle Busch (4)||696|
|7.||Denny Hamlin (2)||691|
|8.||Martin Truex Jr. (1)||652|
|9.||Jimmie Johnson (2)||648|
|10.||Matt Kenseth (2)||633|
|15.||Kyle Larson (1)||582|
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.