Elliott Richmond News And Notes

Joey Logano & Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott
No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

Driver Chase Elliott Hometown Dawsonville, Georgia
Age 24 Resides Dawsonville, Georgia
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2020 Season
7th in standings

27 starts

2 wins

1 pole position

10 top-five finishes

15 top-10 finishes

644 laps led

Career
176 starts
8 wins
9 pole positions
54 top-five finishes
89 top-10 finishes
2,488 laps led

Track Career
9 starts
0 wins
0 pole positions
2 top-five finishes
3 top-10 finishes
34 laps led

Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, will be available to members of the media via video conference on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 1:45 p.m. ET. Visit NASCARmedia.com for details.

ROUND OF 16: Saturday night’s event at Richmond Raceway will mark the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 16. Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, currently sits seventh in the playoff standings, 61 points behind the leader. The last three seasons, he has advanced to the Round of 8.

RECORD YEAR: In 2020, Elliott continues to amass career bests in laps led (644), runner-up results (three), top-five finishes (10), stage points (208) and stage wins (six) through 27 races. His two wins and 15 top-10s are tied for a personal best at this point in a season.

NAPA KNOW HOW: The primary blue, white and yellow NAPA AUTO PARTS paint scheme will return to the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE this weekend at Richmond Raceway. The Atlanta-based company will serve as majority sponsor for Elliott and the No. 9 team for a total of 26 NASCAR Cup Series races this year. In February, it was announced that NAPA AUTO PARTS and Hendrick Motorsports will continue their partnership for another two seasons. NAPA will remain a primary sponsor of Elliott and the No. 9 team through 2022. Click here to read the full release.

NIGHT RACE ACE: Elliott continues to come alive during night races in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. On Sunday night at Darlington Raceway, he led 114 laps before finishing 20th after suffering damage while battling for the lead in the closing laps. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native has one win (Charlotte), three runner-up finishes, five top-fives and 236 laps led in the last seven points-paying night races. Elliott’s NASCAR All-Star Race win at Bristol Motor Speedway was also collected under the lights.

SHORT-TRACK PERFORMANCE: Elliott has made 28 short-track starts (Bristol, Martinsville and Richmond) in his NASCAR Cup Series career. In those races, the 24-year-old driver has collected eight top-five finishes, 12 top-10s and 514 laps led. So far in the 2020 campaign, he has earned two stage wins on short tracks, the most of any driver.

RICHMOND RUNDOWN: On Saturday night, Elliott will make his 10th NASCAR Cup Series start at the .75-mile Richmond oval. In his previous nine starts there, he has collected two top-five finishes – one being a runner-up result – and three top-10s. Additionally, he has made four starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Richmond, never finishing outside of the top five and earning a win in 2015.

GUSTAFSON AT RICHMOND: No. 9 team crew chief Alan Gustafson is set to call his 30th NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond this weekend. In his previous 29 starts with five different drivers (Kyle Busch, Casey Mears, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Elliott), Gustafson has accumulated 12 top-five finishes – five being runner-up results – 16 top-10s and 564 laps led at the track. His five runner-up finishes are tied with Kirk Shelmerdine. The only crew chief with more at the .75-mile oval is Dale Inman, who has 10.

PIT PERFORMANCE: As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond, the No. 9 team owns the third-best average time for four-tire pit stops at 13.93 seconds through 27 races. The team is comprised of jackman T.J. Semke, gasman John Gianninoto, tire carrier Jared Erspamer and tire changers Chad Avrit and Nick O’Dell.

DON’T LOOK NOW: Over the last three NASCAR Cup Series races, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers rank inside the top 10 in both average running position and total laps run inside the top five. In the last five events, Hendrick Motorsports has earned two victories, a series-leading 13 top-10 finishes and an average result of 10.65, best among all Cup-level teams.

SHORT-TRACK RICHES: Going into Saturday night’s playoff race at the .75-mile Richmond Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports has 50 Cup Series wins on short tracks – the most among active teams. Ten different drivers have posted a short-track victory for car owner Rick Hendrick, which is one away from tying the NASCAR record held by Junior Johnson and Associates.

VIRGINIA IS FOR RACERS: Car owner Hendrick was raised in Palmer Springs, Virginia, just 90 minutes from Richmond Raceway. Six of his drivers have posted a combined 10 wins at the track, with the first coming in September 1986 with Tim Richmond. Hendrick Motorsports has earned 110 top-10 finishes and led more than 4,000 laps there.

DID SOMEONE SAY PLAYOFFS?: Since the inception of the format in 2004, Hendrick Motorsports has 44 NASCAR Cup Series playoff wins – 16 more than any other team. The organization has scored at least one playoff victory in a record 15 different seasons, missing only 2017. A series-topping seven different drivers have won a playoff race for Hendrick Motorsports.

SETTING THE STAGE: Hendrick Motorsports’ 13 NASCAR Cup Series stage wins in 2020 are more than its totals in 2018 (four wins) and 2019 (eight wins) combined. Only Team Penske (15) has more this season.

THE NUMBERS: Since its inception in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 260 race victories and holds the all-time records for championships (12), pole positions (226), top-five finishes (1,091), top-10s (1,882) and laps led (70,121) in points-paying NASCAR Cup Series competition. Including 2020, the organization has won at least one race in 35 consecutive seasons, the longest-ever streak. Hendrick Motorsports is eight wins away from tying Petty Enterprises’ all-time Cup record of 268.

QUOTABLE
Driver Chase Elliott on the pressure of the playoffs:
“I think the pressure of being in the playoffs is a good thing. You just have to embrace it and recognize that you’d much rather be in the position of having a chance than not. It’s a good opportunity and we can turn that into motivation to try to do better.”

Elliott on the Round of 16:
“It is great that we are going to short tracks to kick off the playoffs. I think this first round is three exciting tracks. Darlington didn’t end like we had hoped, but we will move on to Richmond and Bristol. Richmond hasn’t been the best for me and the No. 9 team but hopefully this go around will be a little bit better.”

Crew chief Alan Gustafson on the playoffs:
“Our team is going to focus on doing everything that we can do. In the playoffs, it’s a lot of late hours and you just do everything that you can do to make sure you’re in the best position you can possibly be in. In the playoffs, every race could be your last so you have to treat it that way and that’s how we go about it. Just try to get everything out of the team and the cars. If we do that, I think we will be successful. Ultimately, you can’t be too over-concerned or you can’t let fear paralyze you. You can’t let the pressure get to you or impact your decision-making process of what you are going to do. You still have races to win. You bring your A-game and put as much effort into the 10 races as you can and put yourself in the best position that you can.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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