Chase Elliott
Hendrick Motorsports
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Elliott figured things out in a big way last season. After the breakthrough win at Watkins Glen in the summer, the young driver would stack up two more victories before the season was through. The three wins and 21 Top-10 finishes were career-best marks for the driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet. It all added up to a sixth-place finish in the final driver standings for this driver and team. Elliott and crew chief Alan Gustafson are definitely on the rise. Now with one full season under their belts with the new Chevy Camaro, things will be even easier this season. The dynamic Elliott will look to raise the bar higher in 2019, and set new career-best marks. It will all be in the hopes of challenging for the championship. With the Chase playoff format still in play this season, we can't rule this out as a possibility. Elliott is poised for stardom, so the upcoming season has tons of potential, and a very high ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
Brushed the Wall in Final Practice
April 6, 2019
Elliott brushed the wall in Happy Hour practice at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday. The team will make repairs to the car.
Early in the final practice, Elliott was riding in the high line and got into the marbles and debris. He would slide up the race track and make contact with the turn 4 wall. The No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro sustained some right rear fender damage, but appeared to be otherwise all right. Elliott brought the car immediately to pit road and the team began repairs. He'll maintain the pole position for Sunday's Food City 500, but this is a minor setback in his quest to win at Bristol Sunday afternoon.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Wins Bristol Pole
April 5, 2019
Elliott surged ahead in the final round of Busch Pole Qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday to earn the pole for Sunday's Food City 500 after the he sped his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet around the track at 131.713 mph, reports.
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Runner-up Finish at Martinsville Speedway
March 24, 2019
Elliott finished second in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Leads Martinsville Happy Hour
March 23, 2019
Elliott led a Hendrick Motorsports sweep in Saturday's final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Martinsville Speedway, his No. 9 Chevrolet posting a fast lap of 97.543 mph, reports.
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Top-10 Finish in the Pennzoil 400
March 4, 2019
Elliott led the way for Hendrick Motorsports Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 earned a ninth-place finish in the first race of the West Coast swing, reports.
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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.
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