Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup

Just as NASCAR is set to honor its legends, it welcomed its newest rising star to the premier Sprint Cup Series. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Chase Elliott, the 19-year-old son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, will move full time to the Cup series in 2016 and take over the iconic No. 24 Chevrolet currently driven by four-time champion Jeff Gordon.

Jamie McMurray has yet to win NASCAR’s biggest prize, a Sprint Cup Series championship, but he has won just about everything else, including the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400.

Wendell Scott will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame for his racing ability and his courage. The first African-American driver to get a racing license in NASCAR, Scott will be honored posthumously in the fifth induction class.

Austin Dillon drew a lot of attention when he started last season by winning the pole for the Daytona 500 in the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet, a number made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt. But he ended the year with one top-five and four top-10 finishes and lost the rookie of the year battle to Kyle Larson. The key to a better sophomore season? Joining the “chaos” in the Sprint Cup Series.

Tom Higgins had only traveled west of the Mississippi River once when he was called into a meeting in The Charlotte Observer newsroom during late 1975. After that meeting with Observer editor Dave Lawrence, Higgins began a 21-year carerr of covering every race on NASCAR’s top circuit.

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