Tha Sports Junkies 101

2017 Expectations for Chase Elliott

NASCAR

In 2016 NASCAR’s Premier Series had it’s best rookie classes in years, and with that came the most talked about rookie driver in recent memory. That driver, of course, was Chase Elliott, who is the driver of the #24 made iconic by Jeff Gordon and that is in the mind of many, the heir apparent to the sport. In 2016 Elliott did post an impressive season by posting two poles including for the Daytona 500, 10 top-five finishes, and 17 top-ten finishes. In 2016 Chase Elliott was not able to post his first career victory however, he did make The Chase and advanced to the round of 12 before his run for a Championship came to an end.

That begs the question of what should be expected of him for the upcoming 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season. The first thing that Chase Elliott and the #24 team should be shooting for is to make the Chase and advance further than they did in 2016. While making it to the Round of 8 may seem like an unrealistic expectation for Chase, I believe it isn’t as he is driving in what some may argue is the best equipment in the sport. Not only this but he now has a year of experience in the top series as well as driving experience at every track in NASCAR’s top series. With the gained experience it should be expected that with it comes improved results and fewer mistakes from Chase.

With that being said that brings us to our second expectation for Chase Elliott for the upcoming season. That expectation is for the young driver to get his first career victory in the Premier Series. This is a must for the second year driver as he can not go another season winless or he will risk having the questions raised if he was, in fact, ready for the move up to the Cup Series or if he was the right choice the replace Jeff Gordon in the iconic #24 car. While these questions may not be fair to put on a driver that is only going to be competing in his second full-time season, they will happen. It is something that not only comes with being the son of Bill Elliott and taking over for Jeff Gordon.