No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
Driver Chase Elliott Hometown Dawsonville, Georgia
Age 24 Resides Dawsonville, Georgia
7th in standings
1 pole position
11 top-five finishes
17 top-10 finishes
742 laps led
9 pole positions
55 top-five finishes
91 top-10 finishes
2,586 laps led
2 pole positions
4 top-five finishes
4 top-10 finishes
129 laps led
PLAYOFF PERFORMANCE: Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, has scored the most stage points (52) and holds the best average running position (5.19) in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. In the four postseason races thus far, he also has the third-most laps led (212) and the fifth-most points accumulated (146).
ROUND OF 12: Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway marked the first race of the Round of 12 in the 2020 playoffs. Elliott and the No. 9 team led 73 laps and battled inside the top five for most of the event before a huge bottleneck on the final restart resulted in Elliott losing momentum and finishing the race with a 22nd-place result. He has won at each of the two tracks remaining in the second round of the playoffs (Talladega and Charlotte roval).
NAPA RETURNS: On Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, the No. 9 Chevrolet will don the familiar blue, white and yellow NAPA AUTO PARTS paint scheme. The Atlanta-based company is serving as majority sponsor for Elliott and the No. 9 team for a total of 26 NASCAR Cup Series races this season. In February, it was announced that NAPA AUTO PARTS and Hendrick Motorsports will continue their partnership for another two seasons through 2022. Click here to read the full release.
SEASON TO DATE: In 2020, Elliott has delivered career bests in laps led (742), top-five finishes (11), stage points (252) and stage wins (eight) through 30 starts in a season. His 17 top-10s are tied for a personal best and his two wins and three runner-up results are the second-most for him at the 30-race mark.
ELLIOTT OUT FRONT: Elliott’s 742 laps led this season is the most by a Hendrick Motorsports driver through 30 races since Jimmie Johnson led 1,035 in 2014.
‘DEGA DOWNLOAD: This weekend, Elliott is set to make his 10th Talladega start in the NASCAR Cup Series. His first win at the track in April 2019 was also his first superspeedway win at the Cup level. In his previous nine starts, the 24-year-old driver has earned the pole position twice – his first start at the track in May 2016 and in October 2019. Elliott has garnered three top-five finishes and led 129 laps in his Cup Series career at the Alabama track. He also has three starts at Talladega in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with one top-10 finish.
GUSTAFSON AT TALLADEGA: No. 9 team crew chief Alan Gustafson will call his 32nd Talladega Cup Series race from atop the pit box on Sunday afternoon. He collected his first superspeedway victory at 2.66-mile track on April 28, 2019, with Elliott and the No. 9 team. In his previous 31 events calling the shots for five different drivers (Elliott, Kyle Busch, Casey Mears, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon), Gustafson collected seven top-five finishes, nine top-10s, 232 laps led and six pole awards there.
ALABAMA WINS: At Talladega Superspeedway, Hendrick Motorsports holds the track record for NASCAR Cup Series wins with 13. The team has scored at least one victory there with seven different drivers: Jeff Gordon (six wins), Jimmie Johnson (two), Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brian Vickers, Terry Labonte and Ken Schrader.
’DEGA DOMINANCE: In addition to holding the Talladega record for NASCAR Cup Series victories, Hendrick Motorsports is the track’s all-time leader in pole positions (13), runner-up finishes (14), top-fives (58), top-10s (89), and laps led (2,870).
SUPER ON SPEEDWAYS: Hendrick Motorsports is the all-time leader in combined superspeedway wins with 28. Eleven different drivers have gone to victory lane for car owner Rick Hendrick at the venues of Talladega and Daytona, which is the most superspeedway winners of any NASCAR Cup Series team.
DOZEN AND COUNTING: Hendrick Motorsports has placed at least one car inside the top 10 in the last 12 NASCAR Cup Series races, matching the team’s longest streak of 2020. The last time the team posted more than 12 straight top-10 finishes in a season was in 2016 when it ran off 15 in a row during a championship-winning year.
PLAYOFF WINS: 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.
MORE STATS: 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 (1,093), top-10s (1,886) and laps led (70,236) 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.
Driver Chase Elliott on the Round of 12 and Talladega:
“This is an interesting round, no doubt. We are trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves and are taking it one race at a time. Talladega is going to be what we normally see at Talladega. We just have to do our best to avoid the trouble. Hendrick Motorsports always brings really fast Chevys, so I have a lot of confidence that the car is going to be capable of running up front. We just have to put ourselves in the right position throughout the race and see what happens.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!