Two rookies place inside top-five at Chicagoland
September 19, 2016
For the second time in four races, two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year contenders finished inside the top-five in the same race.
Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney finished third and fourth respectively in Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.
This is the second time this season at least two rookie-of-the-year eligible drivers scored a top-five finish in the same race and the ninth time in the history of the Sprint Cup Series.
This is also the first time in series history the feat is accomplished at a repeat track.
This is the third time in the Chase-era the mark has been accomplished.
In 2002, rookie contenders Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson finished inside the top-five in the same race twice.
Elliott on His Run:
“I felt like we did a good job as a team today trying to control the things that we could control. And you can't control when a caution is going to come out.
“Granted, you can expect one a lot of the time, but you can't control when it's going to happen, and you certainly can't control how many guys are going to stay out on tires and try to make something happen at the end of a race. That's just a part of life, part of racing.
Blaney on His Run:
“Taking a risk like that, sometimes they don't pay off. This one did. It was a good run for us. Hopefully we can do something like that in the next ten weeks."