Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chase Elliott still figuring out how to tackle Sonoma

Chase Elliott is 30-to-1 to win at Sonoma on Sunday.
Chase Elliott on racing at Sonoma
“I like road courses, but I’m not sure what I need to do to improve at Sonoma. It’s just a very slow-feeling track with very little grip and a lot of finesse, kind of like Martinsville. I'm looking forward to getting there this weekend and seeing what we can do.”

KELLEY BLUE BOOK CHEVROLET: This weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Chase Elliott will pilot the No. 24 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet SS for the first time this season. Kelley Blue Book is the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. Each week, the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website KBB.com, including its famous Blue Book Trade-In Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new and used cars this week. Kelley Blue Book extended its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports prior to the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series season. In addition to Sonoma, Kelley Blue Book is scheduled to be on the No. 24 Chevrolet SS later this season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September.

#CHASETHEEXPERT: Kelley Blue Book kicked off its Everyday Expert series on Monday with Elliott showing you how to ping pong like a pro. Kelley Blue Book’s video series will continue this weekend on its Facebook and Twitter channels. Fans can tune in to watch Elliott try his hand at remote control cars, frisbee and more.

SONOMA STATS: The Dawsonville, Georgia, native is set to make his second Cup Series start at the 10-turn track this weekend. In his first Cup start at Sonoma last season, he qualified 16th and finished 21st. Elliott also got behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma last season, starting from the pole position, leading nine laps and winning the 64-lap event.

MICHIGAN REWIND: Last weekend at Michigan, Elliott started 10th and maintained his top-10 position in Stages 1 and 2, finishing eighth and earning three bonus points in the first stage and taking the green-checkered flag ninth in second stage, claiming two additional bonus points. When the final stage began, Elliott restarted eighth and wasted no time moving his way inside the top five. A quick pit stop by the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS team put Elliott in position for a successful restart that allowed him to climb his way to third. Elliott continued to race inside the top five for the remainder of the race and when the final caution waved on Lap 192, he found himself running third. A masterful restart with five laps remaining allowed Elliott to take over second, where he would ultimately finish the race.


2017 Season

  • 5th in standings
  • 15 starts
  • 0 race wins
  • 2 stage wins
  • 1 pole position
  • 5 top-five finishes
  • 9 top-10 finishes
  • 169 laps led


  • 56 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 3 pole positions
  • 15 top-five finishes
  • 26 top-10 finishes
  • 527 laps led

Track Career 

  • 1 start
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-10 finishes
  • 0 laps led

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