The successor to Jeff Gordon is finding his footing in a NASCAR Sprint Cup car.
Chase Elliott ran a solid, mostly uneventful race in his second ever NASCAR Sprint Cup start. The reigning Xfinity Series champion has run two short tracks to kick off his career at the pinnacle of stock car racing. Baptism by fire, as some would say.
In his debut at Martinsville, the 19-year-old suffered front-end damage early and limped home 38th after starting 27th. At Richmond, he kept his nose clean and finished where he started in 16th.
“I felt like we had a really solid day overall. I was a little disappointed though there at the end that I fell back and then couldn’t get going at the restart. But overall, everybody on our NAPA team did great this weekend."
"I thought we had a fast car, especially in race trim. The guys made good adjustments to qualify where we did. We had a great car on the long run. We could really run well and run some guys down late in the run. Unfortunately, it always comes down to the short runs in these things."
Elliott's third of of five scheduled Sprint Cup starts this year will come in the longest race on the calendar, the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte next month.