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Chase Elliott Contract Extension



One of the most watched young talents in NASCAR today, Chase Elliott announced today a contract extension that will leave him at Hendrick Motorsports through 2022. Son of Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, Chase has been the driver of the Napa Auto Parts 24 Chevrolet for the past 2 seasons.

Elliott was tabbed from an early age as a Hendrick developmental driver. In 2014, he ran the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule with Jr Motorsports, winning the championship as a rookie. He finished second in Xfinity points the next year, then moved up to the Cup Series. He replaced Jeff Gordon in the famed 24 car, winning Rookie of the Year honors last season.

In 2017, Elliott has 1 pole, 10 top tens, and is currently 6th in points. It is widely regarded that Elliott will win his first career Cup race soon. Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Austin Dillon, and Ryan Blaney have all won their first Cup race this year.

Elliott will look to win his first career race this weekend in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Elliott has won the Daytona 500 Pole Position the last 2 years and was leading late in this year’s running.

In 2016, Lionel NASCAR Collectibles announced that Chase Elliott had the most sold diecast car. This was the first time in several years this honor did not go to Dale Earnhardt Jr. This is a potential sign of NASCAR’s future, as Bill Elliott won the Most Popular Driver Award a record 16 times.

Elliott is a member of NASCAR’s youth movement. This movement has taken NASCAR by storm in 2017, as young guns like Stenhouse, Dillon, and Blaney have won rather than veterans such as Kenseth, Earnhardt, and Hamlin. Elliott has the potential to be a superstar in NASCAR, and he certainly has the support of a large fanbase.

Elliott’s teammate Jimmie Johnson had a contract extension announced earlier this month. Johnson’s contract is 2 years shorter than Elliott’s, showing signs for the future of Hendrick Motorsports.