Elliott: Texas Different Animal Since Repave

Chase Elliott
No. 9 Hooters Give a Hoot Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
 Driver Chase Elliott   Hometown Dawsonville, Georgia
Age 24                       Resides Dawsonville, Georgia 
 2020 Season
5th in standings
33 starts
3 wins
1 pole position
13 top-five finishes
20 top-10 finishes
858 laps led   

Career
182 starts
9 wins
9 pole positions
57 top-five finishes
94 top-10 finishes
2,702 laps led  

Track Career 
9 starts
0 wins
0 pole positions
2 top-five finishes
5 top-10 finishes
44 laps led 
 Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Hooters Give a Hoot Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, will be available to members of the media via video conference on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 1:15 p.m. ET. Visit NASCARmedia.com for details.

THREE TO GO: As the series heads to the second race in the Round of 8 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott currently leads playoff drivers with the most points earned (286), stage points (89) and holds the best average running position (5.57) in the seven playoff races. He has also run the most laps in the top five (1,340) and in the top 10 (1,810) of all drivers. In those seven playoff races, the driver of the No. 9 has led laps in each race and holds the second-most laps led (328).

HOOTERS RETURNS: In September, Hooters unveiled the No. 9 Hooters Give a Hoot Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE that Elliott will pilot on Sunday at Texas. The special pink and black scheme promotes Hooters’ Give a Hoot campaign that supports the fight against breast cancer. It will be the final race of the season that Hooters will serve as the primary partner on the No. 9 Chevrolet. Most recently, Hooters adorned the Chevy at Daytona International Speedway where Elliott finished second.

2020 SEASON: With only three races remaining in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Elliott has picked up career bests in laps led (858), top-five finishes (13) and stage wins (nine). His three wins are tied for his most and his 20 top-10s are Elliott’s second-most at the 33-race mark.

TOP-10 STREAK: Elliott has earned three consecutive top-10 finishes (fifth at Talladega, first at the Charlotte roval and sixth at Kansas). The No. 9 team’s stretch of strong results is tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron for the longest active streak in the Cup Series.

1.5-MILE TRACKS IN 2020: In 10 1.5-mile races in 2020, Elliott won at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28 and has two runner-up finishes. He has led the third-most laps (310) in the Cup Series and has collected the fourth-most points (376). Elliott’s four stage wins at 1.5-mile tracks are tied for most in the series this season with Denny Hamlin.

LONE STAR STATE STATS: On Sunday, Elliott is set to make his 10th NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway. In his previous nine starts, Elliott garnered two top-five finishes, five top-10s and an average finishing position of 11.1, currently the fifth-best average finish at Texas of all time. He collected his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at the 1.5-mile speedway in April 2014. In five Xfinity Series starts there, Elliott accumulated three top-five finishes and five top-10s.

GUSTAFSON IN THE PLAYOFFS: No. 9 crew chief Alan Gustafson has garnered 10 career NASCAR Cup Series wins in the playoffs, the third most of all crew chiefs.

GIVE A HOOT: Everyone can join Hooters in the fight against breast cancer and #GiveAHoot by purchasing specially produced pink No. 9 merchandise at Hooters.com/give and the Chase Elliott Store. During the month of October, the Chase Elliott online store will donate $5 from every pink item purchased to the Hooters Give a Hoot program benefiting the V Foundation to support the fight against breast cancer. Click here to shop.

WE’RE STREAKING: Hendrick Motorsports has finished inside the top 10 in the last 15 races. Not only is that the organization’s longest streak of the season but it ties its streak from the 2016 championship year. The last time Hendrick Motorsports had a streak of more than 15 races with a top-10 finish was from October 2014 to July 2015. Hendrick Motorsports has also led laps in each of the last 11 races, which is the longest active streak of any organization.

THROUGH 33: Hendrick Motorsports has five wins through the first 33 races this season – the most since its seven wins through the first 33 in 2015. It also has 26 top-five finishes, the most in the last four seasons; 55 top-10s, the most in the last five years; and has led for 1,497 laps, the most since 2014.

THREE OR MORE: The last time Hendrick Motorsports had at least three drivers win a race in a single season was in 2015. This year, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Alex Bowman all have ended up in victory lane. Overall, Hendrick Motorsports leads all teams with 12 different seasons where three or more drivers have notched a win.

PLAYOFF ROYALTY: Since the inception of the format in 2004, Hendrick Motorsports has 45 NASCAR Cup Series playoff wins – 16 more than any other team. With Elliott’s victory at the Charlotte roval on Oct. 11, the organization has now scored at least one playoff win in a record-extending 16 different seasons, missing only 2017. A series-topping seven different drivers have won a playoff race for Hendrick Motorsports.

JUST SEVEN MORE: Since its inception in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 261 race victories and holds the all-time records for championships (12), pole positions (226), top-five finishes (1,097), top-10s (1,894) and laps led (70,386) 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 seven wins away from tying Petty Enterprises’ all-time Cup record of 268.

Driver Chase Elliott on how his approach to Texas has changed over the years:
“Texas is just a different animal since the repave and I feel like we had some great runs there. I love going to Texas before they repaved it and just felt like I had a nice feel of the racetrack and I knew what I wanted. It was a very, kind of natural thing for me for whatever reason. I kind of lucked into that I guess, but man after the repave it’s been a struggle. I feel like it’s one of our worst tracks as a team and Texas is a bad place to struggle because if you make it to the Round of 8 it’s a track that seems like it’s always right there at the tail end of the season. It’s an important track to have a good performance at that can propel you to a potential final four run. Those types of struggles at a track like that, where it falls in the playoffs is not ideal so I hope we can get a little better out there.”

Elliott on raising awareness for breast cancer:
“It’s a great feeling to be able to use my platform and raise awareness. My family, like most, has been impacted with breast cancer. My grandmother was a breast cancer survivor for many years and we unfortunately lost her last fall. As time goes on, I think you can try and help or do anything in a small way, which is good. I know how it has impacted so many families, as well. I just appreciate Hooters jumping on board and wanting to do something special like this with the black and pink car. It’s going to look really cool running at Texas.”

Crew chief Alan Gustafson on 1.5-mile track program:
“You’re never happy. We started to improve; we’ve been solid. We’ve certainly been in contention to win a lot mile-and-a-half tracks, led a lot of laps and were able to win at Charlotte earlier in the year. We’ve had good runs. I think it is a strong suit of ours and a place where we can go exploit some good performance. We’re ready to go and just trying to continuously improve and put our best foot forward and make sure we get everything we can out of what we got.”

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

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