As expected, Chase Elliott came out this season and put together an impressive rookie campaign, leaving both fans and naysayers pleased.
Car No. : 24
Crew Chief: Alan Gustafson
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Points Finish: 10
2016 Quick Summary: Elliott proved he was up to the task of replacing Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 car in 2016. Elliott won the pole for the Daytona 500 in February and followed that up with an impressive 10 top-five finishes which includes two runner-up finishes, both coming at Michigan. His season was topped off with his first career Chase berth and Rookie of the Year honors in the Cup Series. Elliott finished 10th in the championship standings.
2016 Highlight(s): Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year, Daytona 500 pole sitter.
2016 Lowlight(s): Elliott’s dream rookie season would end in heartbreak as a 33rd place finish at Charlotte and a 31st place finish at Kansas would end his championship hopes in the Round of 8 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
2017 Outlook: Look for Elliott to rack up his share of wins during the 2017 season as well as make a return trip to the Chase when the first Chase race at Chicagoland rolls around in September. With veteran crew chief Alan Gustafson back on top of the pit box and a full year of Cup experience under his belt, there is no reason not to think Elliott can’t be in contention for the championship in November.
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