Chase Elliott
Hendrick Motorsports
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The lack of victories is all that keeps Elliott from being higher in the pre-season driver rankings. However, he showed tremendous progress towards that first win and climbing into the top tier of drivers during the final races of 2017. Half of his 12 Top-5 finishes, including four runner-up finishes came during the 10-race Chase for the Cup. Despite being winless, the Hendrick Motorsports driver finished a stellar fifth in the final driver standings. There is tremendous upside with the driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet, and the fact that Elliott has not won in his first 77 starts in the Monster Energy Cup Series could devalue him on fantasy draft day. If you're looking for a driver in 2018 to make a quantum leap like Kyle Larson did last year, Elliott would be that guy. The breakthrough potential here is very sizeable. Read Past Outlooks
Practice Crash at Daytona
February 9, 2019
Elliott crashed in a four-car accident during opening practice for the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway Saturday. He will go to a back up car for Sunday's exhibition race.
Elliott didn't get his season off to a good start Saturday at Daytona. The No. 9 Chevrolet drifted up and into the side of Ryan Newman's Ford late in the session, setting off a chain reaction crash. The incident would roll up Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick as well. Elliott's machine would take the worst of the damage, and he would limp back to the garage area. The No. 9 team rolled out the backup car in preparation of Sunday's Advance Auto Parts Clash.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Although the rookie didn't win any races in 2016, Elliott was far better than most imagined with two poles, 10 Top-5 and 17 Top-10 finishes in his rookie campaign. The driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet had a couple near brushes with victory throughout his first full season of racing at NASCAR's top level, so it wasn't like Elliott was way off from winning. He'll return to an intact team, and the same crew chief in 2017 to build on what they started last season. Alan Gustafson gave this young driver some great guidance and will again get to mentor with Elliott in the crew chief-driver relationship. Although most could be wary of a sophomore slump, we really don't see this driver and team in that realm of possibility. Elliott should continue his upward trajectory in the upcoming season and challenge the 10th-place finish he posted in last year's final driver standings.
With Jeff Gordon's retirement, we'll see a new face inside the No. 24 Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorsports this season. The long-awaited debut of Bill Elliott's son is at hand. Elliott is coming off two stellar campaigns in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The 19-year-old won three races and won the championship in his rookie 2014 season. Elliott followed that up with a one-win, 27 top-10 and runner-up finish in the standings last season. He's done all he can do at that level and now he's ready to take over one of the premier rides of the Sprint Cup Series. Elliott will pair with Gordon's old crew chief, Alan Gustafson, and look to develop chemistry right away. When looking to forecast this talented youngster upcoming season, Kyle Larson's rookie 2014 season comes to mind. 6-8 top-5 finishes and 15-18 top-10s are well within the realm of possibility. Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 is a foregone conclusion.
Signed a development driver contract with Hendrick Motorsports in February 2011. Elliott will continue to race in lower racing series until he meets NASCAR's age requirements. The son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott is carving out quite a reputation in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and USAR Pro Cup Series. Elliott will turn 17 in 2013 and inch closer to a truck series or Nationwide Series driving gig.
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Xfinity Start at Daytona
February 7, 2019
JR Motorsports will reunite with one of its former champion drivers for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona Int'l Speedway on Feb. 16. Elliott has been tabbed to drive the No. 8 AfterShokz Chevrolet in the NASCAR Racing Experience 300, reports.
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Seventh at Homestead
November 19, 2018
Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season came to a close, and Elliott led his Hendrick Motorsports to the checkered flag. After starting the day in 14th, Elliott ultimately took home an seventh-place finish, his 21st Top-10 result of the season, reports.
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Eliminated from Chase at Phoenix
November 11, 2018
Elliott ran into problems in the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Sunday and finished 23rd.
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Sixth- Place at Texas Motor Speedway
November 5, 2018
Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, Elliott led his teammates to the checkered flag in the second race of the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Elliott earned his second Top-10 finish of the round, crossing the finish line in sixth, reports.
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Top-10 Finish in FIrst Data 500
October 29, 2018
Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, Elliott led his teammates to the finish line in the opening race of the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Elliott took the checkered flag in seventh-place, reports.
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