Chase Elliott to Attempt to Make Sprint All-Star Raceby Kyle Pokrefky May 5, 2015 0 comments
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CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Elliott may not be a full-time competitor just yet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but he will attempt to make this year’s Sprint All-Star Race with Hendrick Motorsports in one week.
Scheduled to make his third career Cup start the following week in the Coca-Cola 600, Elliott will pilot his No. 25 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet in next Friday’s Sprint Showdown in an attempt to make the field for next Saturday’s All-Star Race and compete for a million dollar payout.
While the 19-year-old out of Dawsonville, Ga. will attempt to race his way into the All-Star Race, he will also utilize the 40-lap Sprint Showdown as a test of sorts in preparation for his next Cup start.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to run the Showdown,” Elliott said. “It allows me to gain more experience with my NAPA AUTO PARTS team before we race again at Charlotte a week later.
“Those additional laps will be a tremendous benefit when it’s time to run 600 miles.”
If he is successful in advancing to the All-Star Race, Elliott, the defending XFINITY Series champion, will fly off to Newton, Iowa for Saturday practices in preparation for Sunday’s XFINITY Series event – the NASCAR XFINITY Series 250 at Iowa Speedway.
Elliott will not be eligible to be declared the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote – a fan-voted transfer spot into the 110-lap Saturday exhibition.
In two career Cup starts thus far, the 19-year-old out of Dawsonville, Ga. has recorded a 38th-place result in his series debut at Martinsville Speedway and a 16th-place result in his most recent race at Richmond International Raceway.
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