Chase Elliott’s Kansas win good for sponsor, manufacturer and record book
Here are some of the achievements Chase Elliott notched and streaks he extended and ended with his win Sunday in the playoff elimination race at Kansas Speedway.
- At 22 years, 10 months and 23 days old, Elliott is the youngest Cup driver to win at Kansas Speedway.
- Elliott provided a big day for Mountain Dew. His trip to Victory Lane was the first for a car with the soft drink as its sole primary sponsor since October 1982 when Darrell Waltrip won at Rockingham. Mountain Dew did not sponsor any cars from 1985 - 2000.
- Elliott extended Hendrick Motorsports’ record streak of seasons with at least one win on a 1.5-mile track to 25. He did it with three tracks left on the schedule (Kansas, Texas and Homestead). The streak began in 1994 with Jeff Gordon’s first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
- With his three wins this season, Elliott is the first driver since Carl Edwards in 2005 to earn his first three wins in the same season. Edwards went on to claim four wins that season. The big difference is when the wins occurred. Edwards’ came in his first full-time season. It took until Elliott’s third full-time year for him to get his wins.
- Elliott earned his first top five on a 1.5-mile track this season and just his second top 10.
- The win was also the first for Chevrolet on a 1.5-mile track since Austin Dillon won the 2017 Coca-Cola 600, 55 races ago.