By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor
Less than two weeks after Jimmie Johnson signed a contract extension to stay at Hendrick Motorsports through 2020, the organization’s youngest driver, Chase Elliott, has also signed a contract extension of his own to keep him in the seat of the No. 24 Chevrolet through the 2022 season.
Elliott’s contract was not set to expire until the end of the 2018 season, but the extension gives the four-car organization some much needed stability for the future.
“It means the world to me to be a part of this organization, and I couldn’t be happier (about the extension),” said Elliott. “I wouldn’t want to drive for anybody else but Hendrick Motorsports. I am very proud to be where I am, and I definitely take it upon myself to work hard and make sure I do my part for the company as we move forward.”
“As both a driver and a person, where Chase is today at 21 years old is unbelievable,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “With all the expectations and pressure, he’s stayed focused on being himself and working as hard as he can. The pure driving talent has always been obvious, and he’s doing so many great things off the track. He’ll be a big part of our organization and our sport for many years. I’m looking forward to watching him continue to grow with us.”
Though Elliott has yet to score his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, he has come close over the past two seasons in NASCAR’s premier division, scoring 15 top-five finishes (three of which are runner-up finishes), 27 top-10 finishes, three poles, 527 laps led, and an average finish of 15.1 in 57 starts. Currently, Elliott sits sixth in points with 16 races complete in the 2017 campaign.
In addition, Elliott won four races while driving for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2014 and 2015, leading him to the championship in his 2014 rookie season and a second place points result the following season.
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