CREW CHIEF: Alan Gustafson
TEAM: Hendrick Motorsports
LAPS LED: 560 (career-best)
TOP 5s: 12 (career-best)
TOP 10s: 21 (career-best)
POLES: 1 (Daytona 500)
WHAT WENT RIGHT: Elliott raced his way into the playoffs, entering the postseason as one of three winless drivers in the 16-driver field. … Elliott finished second five times, bringing his career total to seven … Elliott earned his second Daytona 500 pole in a row. …
WHAT WENT WRONG: Elliott place second in the playoff-opener at Chicagoland Speedway, but his finish was encumbered for illegal modifications to the car … After leading a career-best 138 laps in the Dover playoff race, Elliott was passed on the outside by Kyle Busch as they exited Turn 4 to take the white flag. He finished second … He was two laps from winning the Martinsville playoff race when he was spun into the wall by Denny Hamlin … Elliott was passed by Matt Kenseth with 10 laps to go in the Phoenix playoff race after leading 34 laps and finished second.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2018: After two years driving the No. 24 for Hendrick Motorsports, Elliott will drive the No. 9, which was made famous by his father, Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, in the 1980s. Elliott will have two new teammates in Alex Bowman and rookie William Byron. The 22-year-old driver will still be seeking hist first Cup win. The 60th Daytona 500 will mark his 78th start in the series.