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Chase Elliott is rookie of the year
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After an 11th place finish at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Chase Elliott has officially earned Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year honors.

The finish pushed him to 10th in overall standings for the year with 2,285 points over 35 starts in the 2016 season.

Coming into the race, Elliott had accumulated a total of 295 rookie points.

He ended his rookie season with two pole positions, 10 top-five finishes and 16 top-10 finishes.

His 10 top-five wins were the most by a rookie since Carl Edwards earned 13 in 2005.

He led for 358 laps during the 2016 Sprint Cup season.

In the Nov. 20 Ford EcoBoost 400, Elliott started at fifth in his No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet SS and maintained a top-five spot early in the race.

Elliott worked through what he called "snug" handling issues and stayed close to the leaders.

He raced outside of the top 10 after a caution on lap 26, but was able to break back in after the 100 lap mark.

Elliott switched strategies, running near the bottom of the track and climbed his way into the seventh spot. He held onto a top-10 spot through multiple restarts before the red flag came with 10 laps to go.

A major wreck that took Carl Edwards out of the race left Elliott with minor damages.

The team repaired the No. 24 while on pit road and he was able to restart at 15th in overtime.

Elliott was able to move into the 11th spot for the finish.

Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson took first place and earned his seventh career title, tying all-time leaders Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty.

Voting has ended for the 2016 National Motorsports Press Association Sprint Most Popular Driver, but the winner will be announced on Dec. 4. Elliott's father, Bill, earned the award 16 times.