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Elliott Eyes First Victory At Martinsville

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Chase Elliott is looking for his first victory at Martinsville after racking up three runner ups in seven Playoff races. With his lowest finishing position of 16th at Talledega, Chase enters Sunday’s race coming off a 4th place finish at Kansas.

If Elliott can repeat his performance at Martinsville from earlier in the season, the Round of 8 will setup well for the driver of the #24. Elliott finished 3rd and led 30 laps in the April race at the short track known as the paperclip.

At Texas, he finished 9th after starting in the back of the field in 33rd. Elliott led 106 laps at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing 12th.

If he can beat the short track masters like Johnson, Busch, Hamlin and Harvick, he will launch his way into the final four and visit Homestead-Miami Speedway.


Hendrick Motorsports has won the last 3 Playoff races at Martinsville. Ever since the “win and your in” way to advance began in 2014. Jimmie Johnson won the Round of 8 race last year at the 1/2 mile track. This set him up for his 7th championship victory at Homestead. Jeff Gordon won in 2015 and punched his ticket into the final 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr also won there in 2014 after being eliminated from championship contention.

Elliott stands 8th in the playoff chart with 11 points separating him from the cutoff line, and has amassed a total of 302 stage points up to now. This includes Stage wins at Phoenix and the spring Martinsville race.

His 2017 rundown includes 10 top 5’s and 18 top 10’s, with a laps led count of 402. Elliott has an average finish of12.2 this season. Martinsville Speedway will be hosting race 6 of the playoffs on Sunday, October 29th at 3pm with the running of the First Data 500 and will air on NBCSN, SiriusXM Radio Ch. 90 and MRN radio.

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