CONCORD, NC (December 15, 2016) Lionel Racing The Official Die-Cast of NASCAR announced today that Chase Elliotts No. 24 NAPA Chevrolet is the companys best-selling die-cast of 2016.
The announcement marks the first time since 2011 that a driver other than Dale Earnhardt Jr. has claimed the top spot.
Chase Elliotts arrival on the NASCAR scene has been big, and the overwhelming popularity of his first rookie NASCAR Sprint Cup Series die-cast is further proof that race fans relate to him and everything he represents, said Lionel Racing President Howard Hitchcock.
Earnhardt owned the best-selling spot from 2012 to 2015. Although he was out of his race car during the second half of 2016, Elliotts ascension to the top spot was not a result of Earnhardts absence. Both drivers standard paint schemes were ordered and shipped prior to Earnhardts exit.
In fact, Earnhardt is still the companys best-selling driver overall.
Junior Nation will be happy to know that Dale Jr. is still Lionels biggest driver, said Hitchcock. His cars account for four of our top 10 sellers.
Making the list for the first time is Kurt Busch, whose Monster Energy Chevrolet secured the seventh spot. Kevin Harvicks new partnership with Busch gave him the fifth and tenth spots, respectively. Finally, seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson took spots six and eight, with his Lowes 7X Champ die-cast well inside the top 10.
For car images, best-selling race win die-cast, and overall driver performance, visit www.lioneltop10.com.
Chase Elliott No. 24 NAPA Chevrolet
Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 88 Nationwide/Batman Chevrolet
Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet
Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet
Kevin Harvick No. 4 Busch Chevrolet
Jimmie Johnson No. 48 Lowes/Superman Chevrolet
Kurt Busch No. 41 Monster Energy Chevrolet
Jimmie Johnson No. 48 Lowes 7X Time Champion Chevrolet
Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 88 Nationwide/Grey Ghost Darlington Chevrolet
Kevin Harvick No. 4 Busch Light Chevrolet