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Elliott Emerges as Highest Finishing Rookie at Sonoma NASCAR Road Course


Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 3M Chevrolet SS with NAPA AUTO PARTS as a major associate partner for Hendrick Motorsports, was the highest finishing rookie with his 21st-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Coming off of a victory piloting the NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series West race on Saturday, Elliott rolled off of the grid from the 16th spot with a few extra NASCAR road course miles under his belt helping him to navigate the 110-lap Sprint Cup race.

He fell back to 20th before settling into the 17th position coming off of the start, but as competitors began to make green-flag pit stops, he moved up to 10th on Lap 25 – and fifth just a lap later – before making his own pit stop. He worked his way back inside the top 20 and was inside the top 15 when a caution flag waved with 65 laps remaining for debris. Elliott headed to pit road, but several competitors remained on the track, and he was back outside of the top 20 at the midway point of the race. He held steady in the 22nd position for much of the second half of the race through multiple cautions, and with a restart with 14 laps to go Elliott jumped inside of the top 20. He ultimately finished 21st.

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Elliott’s teammate, Kasey Kahne, led the four-car Hendrick Motorsports contingent to the checkered flag finishing ninth. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th and Jimmie Johnson took home a 13th-place result.

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule will be at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 2nd. The event begins at 7:45 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by NBC.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Sonoma


Chase Elliott 2016 Stats after Sonoma

RankingPointsStartsPolesWinsTop-5Top-10Laps Led


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

PostionDriver (wins)Points
1.Kevin Harvick (1)562
2.Kurt Busch (1)527
3.Carl Edwards (2)510
4.Brad Keselowski (2)506
5.Joey Logano (1)493
6.Chase Elliott473
7.Jimmie Johnson (2)469
8.Martin Truex Jr. (1)469
9.Kyle Busch (3)452
10.Matt Kenseth (1)430
11.Denny Hamlin (1)421
12.Dale Earnhardt Jr.413
13.Ryan Newman402
14.Austin Dillon400
15.Jamie McMurray398
16.Kasey Kahne385

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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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