|Birthdate:||Nov. 28, 1995|
|First Career Cup Series race:||March 29, 2015 (Martinsville)|
|Best Championship Finish:||5th – 2017|
Chase Elliott, the son of 1988 Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, captured Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 as he replaced the retired Jeff Gordon in the iconic No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Elliott’s ascent through super late models and other national touring divisions is decorated with wins and accolades. The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame named Elliott its 2013 Driver of the Year after winning the All-American 400 at historic Nashville Fairgrounds and becoming the first driver to win all four super late model majors.
Elliott was signed by Hendrick Motorsports owner and JR Motorsports partner Rick Hendrick in 2011. He scored his first NASCAR K&N Series win at Iowa Speedway on May 19, 2012, and became the youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) history at Pocono Raceway on June 8, 2013. His splash into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reset the record books. He became, at the time, the youngest winner in series history in only his sixth start – Sept. 1, 2013, at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Elliott transitioned to the Camping World Truck Series after a strong season of firsts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. During the 2012 season, he captured his first career NASCAR victory on May 19 when he took the checkered flag in the K&N Pro Series East-West combination event at Iowa Speedway. Elliott followed that performance by becoming the series’ youngest pole winner to date when he took the top qualifying spot at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. At the conclusion of the 14-race season, Elliott tallied six top-five finishes, nine top-10s and was chosen again by fans as the K&N Pro Series East Most Popular Driver.
In addition to K&N Pro Series East action, Elliott also strengthened his racing resume in 2012 by adding six ARCA Racing Series events to his schedule. The young driver never finished outside the top 10 and also posted three top-five finishes, notably finishing second in his first road course event at New Jersey Motorsports Park in July. Adding another first in 2012, Elliott earned his first ARCA career pole at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on Sept. 15. He concluded 2012 with three top-five finishes and six top-10s in his first season.
Elliott complemented his driving duties in the NASCAR regional touring and ARCA series events in 2012 by competing in 17 late model races. He posted nine wins, 14 top-five finishes, 16 top-10s and earned five pole positions.
The 2011 season proved to be a breakout one for Elliott, who made his full-time debut in the K&N Pro Series East, while juggling 23 late model events. He earned three top-five finishes and six top-10s in the 12-race K&N Pro Series East season, and concluded the year in late models with seven wins, 19 top-five finishes and 19 top-10s. Most notably in his 2011 late model season, Elliott earned the national champion title in super late models with the Champion Racing Association (a division of ARCA) in November and followed that up by winning the prestigious Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Fla., in December. During the 300-lap Snowball event, Elliott bested Cup-level talent to become the youngest winner in the event’s history.
Became youngest champion in NASCAR Xfinity history in 2014. Also became first series driver to win the series crown and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season. He scored wins at Texas, Darlington and Chicagoland Speedway. Finished season with 16 top-five finishes and 26 top-10 results in 33 starts.
Finished runner-up in the 2015 Xfinity Series standings with one victory, 11 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes.
In 2016, Elliott secured the No. 14 seed in the post-season Chase to highlight his first full-time Cup campaign. He was eliminated from title contention in the second round following a 12th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway.
Elliott won two poles, including the No. 1 starting spot for the season-opening Daytona 500, and had a best finish of second place twice – in both races at Michigan International Speedway. He placed 10th in the final championship standings.
In 2017, the second-generation driver once again qualified for the playoffs as the No. 10 seed. He finished fifth in the final standings. Elliott repeatedly challenged for his first Cup Series win but fell short with five second-place finishes – at Michigan, Chicagoland, Dover, Charlotte and Phoenix. He opened the season by winning the Daytona 500 pole for the second year in a row.