Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Two Top-10s at Phoenix for Chase Elliott in first two Cup chances

Chase Elliott is 10/1 to win at Phoenix on Sunday.
Chase Elliott on racing at Phoenix
“I have enjoyed going to Phoenix. It’s a fun place to go because it’s unique and different than the rest of the tracks, which is always fun.”

LAS VEGAS REWIND: Chase Elliott and the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS team posted another impressive run with a third-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is now third in the NASCAR Cup Series standings after three races, only three points out of the lead.

STRONG START: The 2017 Cup Series season is off to a good start for Elliott and his No. 24 team. In the first three races, he has completed all 792 laps, obtained a pair of top-five finishes, led 39 laps and earned the pole award in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Elliott’s average starting position is 8.0 and his average finishing position is 7.3.

PHOENIX STATS: Elliott collected top-10 finishes in both races at Phoenix International Raceway during his 2016 Rookie of the Year campaign. He averages a 10.0 starting position and an 8.5 average finishing position at the one-mile track. The 21-year-old driver has also competed in five NASCAR XFINITY Series races at the Avondale, Arizona, track, garnering two top-five finishes and five top-10s.

PHOENIX LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR’s loop data statistics, the Dawsonville, Georgia, native’s 103.9 driver rating ranks him third among active drivers at Phoenix. Elliott’s 90.2 percent quality passes and 99.1 percent of laps run in the top 15 contribute to that ranking.

YOUTH AUTOGRAPH SESSION: On Friday, March 17, Elliott will participate in a youth autograph session outside Gate 4 at Phoenix International Raceway alongside three of his fellow Cup Series competitors. The 30-minute autograph session is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. local time. Wristbands will be handed out at the location prior to the session on a first-come, first-served basis to kids 12 and under.

COMING HOME: No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS jackman John Gianninoto, who grew up in Tucson, Arizona, will compete in front of his hometown crowd at Phoenix International Raceway. Gianninoto graduated with honors from Catalina Foothills High School and went on to sign as an offensive lineman for UNLV in 2006, earning his first letter in 2007 and becoming a team captain in 2010. In 2012, Gianninoto participated in the Carolina Panthers' training camp before signing with Hendrick Motorsports in September 2012.

2017 Season

  • 3rd in standings
  • 3 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 1 pole position
  • 2 top-five finishes
  • 2 top-10 finishes
  • 39 laps led


  • 44 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 3 pole positions
  • 12 top-five finishes
  • 19 top-10 finishes
  • 397 laps led

Track Career 

  • 2 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 2 top-10 finishes
  • 0 laps led

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- Hendrick Motorsports

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