DRIVER: Chase Elliott / No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS
EVENT: Kobalt 400 (Round 3 of 36)
LOCATION: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
SERIES: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
POINTS: 28th, 41 points (74 points out of first)
DATE: March 6, 2016
Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, raced inside of the top 10 the majority of the afternoon until a late-race spin by the No. 20 damaged his Chevrolet to the point he was unable to complete the race. He was scored with a 38th-place finish.
After his first top-10 finish last week in Atlanta, Elliott looked strong, running in the top 10 the majority of the race. Taking the green flag in 13th, Elliott quickly raced into the top 10 before the competition caution came out. Restarting ninth, Elliott maintained a top-10 position through the first round of green-flag pit stops and a Lap 98 caution for debris. After falling back within the top 10 after the Lap 105 restart, Elliott made up the positions lost and broke inside the top five at the halfway point.
The rookie once again maintained his top-10 position trailing teammate Jimmie Johnson until just after the fifth caution of the race. Unfortunately, after the restart, Elliott’s day ended early. The 20-year-old driver was caught in an incident, not of his own fault, with a mere 44 laps remaining.
“I’m disappointed,” Elliott said. “What a fast car. I appreciate everybody working hard. I feel like we made a lot of gains this weekend.”
Elliott’s teammate, Johnson, led the four-car Hendrick Motorsports contingent to the checkered flag finishing third. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne following him in eighth and 10th, respectively.
The green flag was delayed by rain due to several passing storm cells, with the 400.5-mile race beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET. However, once racing action did begin, the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers didn’t let the 50 mph wind gusts keep them from running up front all afternoon.
The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule will be at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 13. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FOX.