Sources have reported that earlier this week that Chase and Bill Elliott, Rick Hendrick and Kelley Earnhardt Miller (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s sister and big shot in JR Motorsports) met with officials at the NAPA Auto Parts headquarters in Atlanta. No definite word on what the meeting was about.
Chase Elliott, a Hendrick Motorsports development driver, is looking for a sponsor for whatever series he may run in 2014. His former sponsor, Aaron’s, decided not to sponsor Elliott in 2014 and ramp up their sponsorship of Brian Vickers in the #55 Michael Waltrip Racing Sprint Cup Series team for all the races in 2014 & 2015.
NAPA Auto Parts had been a long time sponsor of Waltrip and his #56 team with soon to be former driver Martin Truex Jr. NAPA canceled their sponsorship of the #56 team and MWR after the “Richmond Scandal” in September.
It’ll be interesting to see what NAPA may do, since the garage rumors had them not returning to sponsor any NASCAR team in 2014, sitting out the season, and then rethinking their future sponsorship plans. Again the garage rumors reports that NAPA did not want to sponsor a team in the Nationwide Series, or Camping World Truck Series, only a Sprint Cup team.
Additionally, the word in the garage is that NAPA does not wish take over for Nationwide as the series sponsor when Nationwide leaves at the end of the 2014 season. The word is that NAPA only wants to sponsor a Sprint Cup Series team for a full season.
Additionally, garage rumors also had NAPA moving over to the #78 Furniture Row Racing team with Martin Truex Jr. in some capacity with that organization.
So it appears that Chase Elliott may very well be driving for JR Motorsports, Rick Hendrick is part of owner with Dale Jr., with a NAPA sponsorship in the Nationwide Series in 2014!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!