Everyone in NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series knows it’s just a matter of time before Chase Elliott finds himself in Victory Lane. After three straight second place finishes at Michigan International Speedway, including earlier this season, it could be safe to speculate that it could happen Sunday, August 13 when the Pure Michigan 400 airs on NBCSN.
Elliott, who is the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, has had his share of success in both the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, including a Truck Series win at Martinsville back in April. As of this writing he was sixth in the Monster Energy Cup Series points standings with six top-five finishes and 11 top-tens. His most notable accomplishment thus far in his young career may be his two consecutive poles at the Daytona 500, including being the youngest driver to start from the pole at the age of 20 in 2016.
He’s been brilliant at Michigan, and were it not for the equally successful Kyle Larson and Joey Logano, Elliott may have earned his first Cup series victory already. Larson has won the past two races at Michigan with Logano winning the first race there in 2016. Each had Elliott on their tail when they crossed the finish line.
The young Elliott drives for a team and owner that are used to winning. Jimmie Johnson’s success with Hendrick Motorsports speaks for itself, as does the that of Jeff Gordon, who drove the number 24 car before his retirement, creating the opportunity for Elliott to step in.
William Clyde Elliott II
Born: Nov. 28, 1995
Birthplace: Dawsonville, Georgia
Height/Weight: 5 foot 10 inches/145 pounds
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Honors and Achievements: Daytona 500 Pole-sitter, 2016, 2017; Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year, 2016; Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver, 2014–2015