Chase Elliott finished ninth in the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday in his 100th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Elliott, who picked up his first win in NASCAR’s premier series last week, rebounded from a loose right-rear tire in Stage 1 of the race, an incident that forced the driver to pit under green flag conditions.
“We didn’t have a lot of pace and very frustrating, but I feel like we made the most of it,” Elliott said.
Other drivers who have made their 100th start in 2018 are Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman and Chris Buescher, in that order.
Blaney, Bowman and Buescher finished 18th, 39th and 20th respectively in their 100th MENCS race.
No other active drivers have enough starts to hit the century mark this season. The five active drivers closest to the mark are Ty Dillon (76), Timmy Hill (72), Jeffrey Earnhardt (66), Erik Jones (61) and Daniel Suarez (58).
Altogether, 206 drivers have made at least 100 starts in NASCAR’s premier series.
The first driver to hit the 100-start mark was three-time champion Lee Petty in 1953.
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