DRIVER: Chase Elliott / No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS
EVENT: Folds of Honor 500 (Race 2 of 36)
LOCATION: Atlanta Motor Speedway
DATE: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016
NAPA AUTO PARTS ON THE NO. 24 CHEVROLET SS: NAPA AUTO PARTS will be the primary partner onboard Rookie of the Year contender Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will be the primary sponsor on the car for 22 additional Sprint Cup Series races this year.
HOMETOWN HERO: Elliott -- a Dawsonville, Georgia, native -- will compete for the first time at his home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend. The two-time Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Driver of the Year (2013, 2014) will make his debut at the track in the No. 24 Chevrolet with NAPA AUTO PARTS, also a Georgia company, adorning the hood. Elliott grew up just one hour away from the auto parts headquarters and a mere 90 miles from the high-profile speedway.
POLE-WINNING MILESTONE: On Sunday, Feb. 14, Elliott became the youngest Daytona 500 pole-winner of all time at the age of 20 years, 2 months and 17 days after running 196.314 mph during his final qualifying lap. It became Hendrick Motorsports’ 10th Daytona 500 pole – the series most – as well as Chevrolet’s 24th Daytona 500 pole award – also the series most. The Elliotts are now the fourth father-son duo to win the Daytona 500 pole behind the Petty, Allison and Earnhardt duos.
PIT PASS: Atlanta Motor Speedway is the home track for No. 24 front-tire carrier Dion Williams. Williams hails from Stone Mountain, Georgia, located approximately 40 miles northeast of the speedway. The once-aspiring football player graduated from Atlanta’s Lakeside High School where he earned all-state football honors. He went on to play as an inside linebacker for Wake Forest University and in 2004, after graduating with a communications degree, he was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Vikings. Shortly thereafter, Williams was recruited by Hendrick Motorsports and he has now been a part of the pit crew team for eight years. This weekend, Williams will be putting his athleticism and training to the test in front of what is also a hometown crowd for No. 24 driver Elliott and primary sponsor NAPA AUTO PARTS.
ATLANTA TRACK STATS: Elliott earned his first-career pole position in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Atlanta in August 2014 running 180.4 mph. 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick won the race, but Elliott led 36 laps en route to a fifth-place finish. In 2015, Elliott raced his way up four positions to continue his fifth-place streak at the 1.54-mile oval.
Driver Quote | Chase Elliott
“It's always been a special place to me. My dad and I have done a lot of racing here on the front stretch, whether it be a bandolero or Legends car. It's odd, I guess, to think about being part of this Sprint Cup weekend. I can remember racing the Legends when the Cup cars were in town. I’m excited to be part of the show this year and hopefully put on a good one for the fans. For us and a lot of guys, Atlanta is like that Week 1 for our season because we’re going to see racetracks like this more so as we go. I’m excited to get there. It’s my home track and is as close to home as I’m going to get on the NASCAR circuit, so I think that’s special.”