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2019 Cup Season in Review: Chase Elliott

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GoBowling at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 05: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GoBowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 5, 2018 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

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Chase Elliott

CREW CHIEF: Alan Gustafson

TEAM: Hendrick Motorsports

POINTS: Sixth

WINS: Three (Watkins Glen, Kansas II and Dover II; first three wins of Cup career)

LAPS LED: 325 (Down from 560 in 2017)

TOP 5s: 11 (Down from 12 in 2017)

TOP 10s: 21 (Tied with 2017 total)

POLES: One (Daytona II; same number as in 2017)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Elliott finally claimed his first Cup Series win in his 99th start in July at Watkins Glen, defeating defending series champ Martin Truex Jr. in a late-race duel ... Finished in the top three seven times, including three times before his WGI win ... Won two races in the Round of 12 in the playoffs ... Won Most Popular Driver award for the first time.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Didn’t win his first stage of the season until the 20th race at New Hampshire ... His four DNFs came in both Daytona and Las Vegas races ... Was eliminated from playoffs after Round of 8 ... His three wins were the only wins for Hendrick Motorsports and the team’s fewest since Ricky Rudd won one race in 1993.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019: In Hendrick’s second year with the Camaro, the team should be up to speed quicker and continue to rebuild all of Hendrick Motorsports into a competitive organization.