Chase Elliott and the No. 24 Little Caesars Mountain Dew team earned their sixth top-ten finish of the season Monday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway after the race was postponed due to rain.
Elliott lined up second after Friday’s qualifying session was cancelled due to inclement weather. The driver of the No. 24 Little Caesars Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS established his running position inside the top five from the drop of the green flag and remained there throughout the race’s initial stint.
He maintained the second-place position for the majority of the first stage before being shuffled out of the top five on Lap 94. Elliott ultimately finished Stage 1 in sixth.
The Dawsonville, Georgia, native started Stage 2 sixth and battled to stay among the lead group, but slipped outside the top ten by the conclusion of the stage while battling a tight handling condition with his Chevrolet.
During the break between the second and third stages, the No. 24 team pitted for four tires, fuel and to repair the car’s right-rear fender, which had been damaged when Elliott made contact with another car during Stage 2. Despite the brief damage repair, Elliott only lost two spots and started the final stage in 14th.
The second-year driver maintained his position inside the top 15 throughout the final stage at the half-mile track. With 50 laps remaining, Elliott returned to the top ten and advanced several more positions before the checkered flag to finish seventh.
The finish gave Elliott his sixth top-ten result in only eight races this season. The driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet maintains the runner-up position in the driver point standings, currently 27 points behind the leader heading into next weekend’s race at Richmond International Raceway.
Start / Finish: 2nd / 7th
Points Earned: 35
Points Standing / Total: 2nd / 333 points
Next Race: April 30, Richmond 400, Richmond International Raceway
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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.