Chase Elliott’s second-place in the Coca-Cola 600 (May 30) netted the Hendrick Motorsports driver’s 200th points-awarding start in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Elliott is the 141th driver in series history to start at least 200 races and the fourth driver in 2021 to reach the milestone.
“The best car won,” Elliott said of Kyle Larson. “I’m proud of Hendrick Motorsports. I feel like everybody, like I’ve been saying, is just pulling in the same direction and it’s really showing.,”
Through 200 starts, Elliott has earned nine poles, 12 victories, 66 Top-5 finishes, 105 Top-10 finishes, 3,194 laps led and the 2020 series title.
Other drivers who have earned their 200th start in 2021 include Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman and Chris Buescher.
Lee Petty, a three-time champion of the Cup Series (1954, 1958 and 1959), was the first driver to race in 200 primer series races in 1956.
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