Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in No. 24 next season

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon when the four-time NASCAR champion retires at the end of this season.

Elliott is the reigning Xfinity Series champion, and Hendrick Motorsports had to find a Sprint Cup seat for him or risk losing the 19-year-old to another organization.

Elliott will drive a second season in NASCAR’s second-tier series this year with JR Motorsports. He will also make five Sprint Cup starts, debuting in March at Martinsville, in the No. 25 Chevrolet for Hendrick.

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He’ll be paired with Gordon’s current crew chief, Alan Gustafson, next season. No sponsor was announced.

Gordon announced last week that his 23rd season will be his final full-time year as a driver.

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