Chase Elliott

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Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott Road America 2015.jpg
Elliott at Road America in 2015
Born William Clyde Elliott II
(1995-11-28) November 28, 1995 (age 20)
Dawsonville, Georgia, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Achievements 2010 Winchester 400 Winner
2011 Snowball Derby Winner
2012 World Crown 300 Winner
2013 All American 400 Winner
2014 Nationwide Series Champion
Awards 2014 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
2014–2015 Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
5 races run over 1 year
Car no., team No. 24 (Hendrick Motorsports)
2015 position 59th
Best finish 59th (2015)
First race 2015 STP 500 (Martinsville)
Last race 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
66 races run over 2 years
Car no., team No. 9 (JR Motorsports)
2015 position 2nd
Best finish 1st (2014)
First race 2014 DRIVE4COPD 300 (Daytona)
Last race 2015 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
First win 2014 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Texas)
Last win 2015 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 53 2
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
9 races run over 1 year
2013 position 22nd
Best finish 22nd (2013)
First race 2013 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race 2013 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
First win 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 250 (Mosport)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 7 1
Statistics current as of November 21, 2015.

William Clyde "Chase" Elliott II (born November 28, 1995) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports. He is the son of 1988 Winston Cup Series champion Bill Elliott.[1]

He won the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, becoming the first rookie to win a national series championship in NASCAR.

On November 23, 2015, Elliott was named the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver for the second year in a row.


Early career and short track racing[edit]

Elliott's K&N Pro Series East car at Rockingham in 2012

Elliott raced in 40 races in various series in 2010, winning twelve events over the course of the year and finishing in the top ten 38 times.[2] It was the third season of his racing career, and he won the Blizzard Series, Miller Lite and Gulf Coast championship en route to being named the Georgia Asphalt Pro Late Model Series Rookie of the Year.[2] He ended the season by winning the Winchester 400.[2] Sports Illustrated named Elliott as the high school player of the week in April 2011.[2] During the year, he competed in the Champion Racing Association, winning the series' National Super Late Model championship.[3] Later that year, just after his sixteenth birthday, he won the Snowball Derby and became the race's youngest winner.[4] He beat the second place driver, DJ Vanderley, by a record 0.229 seconds.[5] In 2012, he won the Alan Turner Snowflake 100, prelude to the Snowball Derby, for the second time in three years.[6]

In November 2013, Elliott won the All American 400, becoming the first driver to win all four of the country's largest short-track races: the All American 400, the Snowball Derby, the World Crown 300 and the Winchester 400.[7] In December, it appeared as though Elliott had become the first driver to sweep the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 in the same weekend. Upon post-race inspection, however, a piece of tungsten was found in Elliott's car, which was prohibited by the Derby rulebook. Elliott was accordingly disqualified and the victory awarded to Erik Jones.[8]


Touring series[edit]

Elliott signed a three-year driver development contract with Hendrick Motorsports in February 2011.[2][9] He competed in the K&N Pro Series East in 2011, finishing 9th in series points.[3] Elliott returned to the K&N Pro Series East in 2012,[3] winning his first career race in the series at Iowa Speedway in May.[10] He finished fourth in series points.

In 2011 and 2012, Elliott competed in three K&N Pro Series West races (once in 2011, twice in 2012), all at Phoenix International Raceway. In his lone 2011 event, he finished third, and in the 2012 races, he finished 17th (due to a crash) and fourth.[11]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

In January 2013, it was announced that Elliott would compete in nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events for Hendrick Motorsports during the 2013 racing season, using trucks prepared by Turner Scott Motorsports.[12]

In qualifying for the UNOH 200 Truck race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Elliott won his first career NASCAR pole position with a lap speed of 125.183 miles per hour (201.463 km/h), and became the youngest pole-sitter in Truck Series history.[13]

Elliott would win his first race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in the first road course truck race outside the US; he was at the time the youngest winner in Truck Series history, at the age of 17 years, 9 months, and 4 days.[14][N 1] The win was however controversial as Elliott made contact with leader Ty Dillon in the last corner. Dillon hit the tire barrier while Elliott went into the grass though recovered enough to be able to coast to the finish line ahead of Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Chad Hackenbracht.[16]

Dillon afterwards stated that the next time they raced each other "he won't finish the race";[16] later Elliott stated he had attempted to apologize to Dillon but without any response.[17] The following week at Iowa Speedway, Elliott cut down a tire early in the race and crashed without involvement from Dillon.[18]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Elliott racing his Nationwide car at Road America in 2014

In January 2014, it was announced that Elliott would be competing full-time in the Nationwide Series in 2014, driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, with sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts.[19] On April 4, 2014, Elliott won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, holding Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch off after taking the lead with 16 laps to go.[20] On April 11, 2014, Elliott won the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway by passing Elliott Sadler on the last lap after restarting sixth with two laps to go.[21] Elliott won the 300 at Chicagoland Speedway after holding off Trevor Bayne.[22] At Phoenix, Elliott clinched the Nationwide Series championship with a 53-point lead over teammate Regan Smith, becoming the first rookie and youngest driver to win a NASCAR national series title.[23] Later in the year, he was named the Nationwide Series' Most Popular Driver.[24]

In 2015, Elliott received his first DNF in his career after being involved in the second big one at Daytona, finishing 28th. On September 11, Elliott won his first race of the season at Richmond, snapping his 36-race winless streak.

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

On January 29, 2015, Hendrick Motorsports announced Elliott would make his Sprint Cup Series debut in 2015, driving the No. 25 with Kenny Francis as crew chief. He was scheduled to race in five races at Martinsville, Richmond, Charlotte, Indianapolis, and Darlington. The team also announced that he will take over Jeff Gordon's No. 24 starting in 2016 as Gordon enters semi-retirement.[24]

Elliott's Cup debut in the STP 500 was threatened by potential rain; due to a lack of owner's points and race attempts, had qualifying been rained out, he would have failed to qualify. Elliott eventually recorded a lap speed of 96.919 mph (155.976 km/h), qualifying 27th.[25] During the race, contact with Brett Moffitt on lap 75 forced his car to drop debris onto the track and damage to hang from its rear, while his power steering was damaged. Dropping to 37th, Elliott entered the garage, and returned to the race on lap 144, 69 laps behind the leader and in last. Elliott would ultimately finish 38th, 73 laps down.[26] On May 5, it was announced that Elliott would be entering the Sprint All-Star Race's Sprint Showdown.[27] He finished 8th and 5th in the event's two segments.[28]

Other racing[edit]

Elliott's 2013 ARCA car at Road America

Elliott competed in five ARCA Racing Series races in 2013.[12] To become eligible to compete at larger tracks like Pocono Raceway, On June 8, 2013, Elliott became the youngest winner in ARCA history following his Pocono victory.[29]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Points Position
2010 CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Ford Racing 9 0 5 8 0 492 19th
2011 CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Hendrick Motorsports 2 1 2 2 0 300 22nd
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Hendrick Motorsports 12 0 3 6 0 1510 9th
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Hendrick Motorsports 1 0 1 1 0 165 67th
2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Hendrick Motorsports 14 1 6 9 1 500 4th
ARCA Racing Series Hendrick Motorsports 6 0 3 6 1 1260 25th
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Hendrick Motorsports 2 0 1 1 0 67 38th
2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hendrick Motorsports 5 1 3 4 1 315 22nd
ARCA Racing Series Hendrick Motorsports 5 1 3 4 0 975 28th
2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series JR Motorsports 33 3 16 26 2 1213 1st
ARCA Racing Series Hendrick Motorsports 1 0 0 1 0 185 86th
2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series JR Motorsports 33 1 11 27 0 1175 2nd
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hendrick Motorsports 5 0 0 0 0 0* 56th*
Sprint Cup Series 5 0 0 0 0
Xfinity Series 59 4 26 46 2
Camping World Truck Series 9 1 5 7 1
K&N Pro Series East 26 1 9 15 1
K&N Pro Series West 3 0 2 2 0
ARCA Racing Series 12 1 6 11 1
CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series 11 1 7 10 0


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)


  1. ^ The current youngest Camping World Truck Series winner is Cole Custer, winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2014 at 16 years, 7 months, and 28 days.[15]
  1. ^ "Elliott, Hendrick unveil 2016 No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy". Hendrick Motorsports. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Glickman, Ben (April 28, 2011). "Chase Elliott follows path of race car driver father". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Owens, Jeff (February 11, 2012). "Chase Elliott Takes After Dad". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chase Elliott wins Snowball Derby". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Elliott wins prestigious Snowball Derby". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ Corder, Chuck (December 1, 2012). "Snowball Derby: Chase Elliott rolls to Snowflake victory". Pensacola News Journal. Pensacola, FL. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Cole, Nick (November 2, 2013). "Chase Elliott wins at Fairgrounds Speedway". The Tennessean. Nashville, TN. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  8. ^ Inabinett, Mark (December 8, 2013). "Erik Jones gets second straight Snowball Derby victory after Chase Elliott disqualified". Press-Register. Mobile, AL. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  9. ^ Staff. "Son of NASCAR's Bill Elliott signs multi-year deal". WAGA-TV. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Hamilton, Andy (May 19, 2012). "K&N Pro Series: Chase Elliott capitalizes on Brett Moffitt's bad luck". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Chase Elliott: NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Results (races)". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b White, Rea (January 23, 2013). "Chase Elliott to run Trucks races". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Albert, Zack (August 21, 2013). "Elliott becomes youngest Truck pole winner". NASCAR. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Elliott wrecks Dillon to win Truck race". U.S. News & World Report. September 1, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "16-year-old Cole Custer becomes youngest to win Truck Series race". Sporting News. September 20, 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Chase Elliott wins road-course race". Fox Sports. September 1, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  17. ^ Hamilton, Andy (September 7, 2013). "NASCAR Trucks: Dillon vows retaliation after crash with Elliott". The Des Moines Register. Des Moines, IA. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Tire issue shortens Elliott's day in Iowa". Chase Elliott official site. September 10, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ Ryan, Nate (January 6, 2014). "NAPA will back Chase Elliott at JR Motorsports". USA Today. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  20. ^ Jensen, Tom (April 4, 2014). "Besting the boss: Chase Elliott, 18, tops Dale Jr., all comers in NNS race". Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  21. ^ Hembree, Mike (April 11, 2014). "Rookie Chase Elliott wins second straight at Darlington". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  22. ^ Associated Press (July 20, 2014). "Chase Elliott holds off Trevor Bayne for Nationwide win". Sporting News. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  23. ^ Ryan, Nate (November 8, 2014). "Chase Elliott clinches Nationwide championship, makes history". USA Today. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b "It's official: Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy". January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  25. ^ Jensen, Tom (March 27, 2015). "Mission accomplished: Chase Elliott qualifies for his first Sprint Cup race". Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  26. ^ Norman, Brad (March 29, 2015). "CHASE ELLIOTT KNOCKED AROUND AT MARTINSVILLE". NASCAR. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  27. ^ Caldwell, Gray (May 5, 2015). "Chase Elliott to race in Sprint Showdown". Hendrick Motorsports. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  28. ^ "SPRINT SHOWDOWN RACE RESULTS". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  29. ^ Bruce, Kenny (June 19, 2013). "Elliott focuses on present, not 2014 uncertainty". NASCAR. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Austin Dillon
NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
Succeeded by
Chris Buescher
Preceded by
Johanna Long
Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series Champion
Succeeded by
Bubba Pollard
Preceded by
Johnny VanDoorn
CRA Super Series Champion
Succeeded by
Johnny VanDoorn
Preceded by
Johanna Long
Snowball Derby Winner
Succeeded by
Erik Jones
Preceded by
Ross Kenseth
All American 400 Winner
Succeeded by
John Hunter Nemechek