DRIVER: Chase Elliott / No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS
RACE: New Hampshire 300 (Race 28 of 36)
TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
DATE: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER: Elliott’s debut in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup elevated the NAPA AUTO PARTS driver to sixth in the championship standings heading into this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Elliott led 75 laps en route to a third-place finish last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway – the first race in NASCAR’s 10-race postseason playoff. This gives him a strong boost to stay above the Round of 12 cut off that will happen after the Oct. 2 race at Dover.
GOING HOME: No. 24 team engine tuner Tony Bove originates from Burlington, Vermont, approximately 167 miles northwest of the New Hampshire track where he attended his first Sprint Cup race. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is also the home track for Dwayne Doucette, a mechanic on the No. 24 team. Doucette hails from Lee, New Hampshire, a town approximately 35 miles southeast of the speedway.
TOP-RANKED ROOKIE: Elliott leads the 2016 Rookie of the Year contender standings heading into New Hampshire by 55 points over second-place Ryan Blaney and 85 points over third-place Chris Buescher. Elliott has accumulated a total of 273 rookie points this year through the first 27 points-paying races.
SWANCHO SWAGGER: NAPA engineers have developed cutting-edge NASCAR sweatshirt poncho technology – dubbing their creation the “Swancho.” These limited-edition NAPA AUTO PARTS Swanchos feature Elliott’s headshot on one side with the No. 24 and NAPA logos emblazoned on the opposite side. It’s the only racing Swancho endorsed by Elliott. Check out Elliott and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” regular Michael Torpey in their two-minute “infomercial,” featuring a special guest appearance by Elliott’s teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. here. Visit napa24swancho.com for additional details. The program runs through Sept. 26.
CHASE UNIVERSITY: Elliott made another “Chase University” announcement today releasing the addition of Talladega Superspeedway into his collegiate ticket package program. Elliott will debut the program at Charlotte Motor Speedway this season. Chase University is a ticket-package program for collegiate fans looking to join in a unique NASCAR experience. The exclusive ticket package will feature concerts, food, beverages and tailgating games before, during and after each respective race. The 20-year-old driver will even make an appearance on race day prior to the green flag. Students with a valid college ID can enroll in Chase University with a special $24 party pass available online at CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com or www.TalladegaSuperspeedway.com/ChaseU.
Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott
“It’s just so hard to pass at New Hampshire – that’s the first thing that comes to my mind. It’s a tough place. It’s very easy to get frustrated when you catch somebody and it’s just so hard to get around them. At that racetrack, it’s a very fine line of being too low on the racetrack or being too high. The paving seams are very thick and wide and can upset your corner a lot. I think keeping that stuff in mind is the biggest thing that I think of when it comes to Louden and the challenges you face. Like anywhere else, things can go wrong there just as fast as they can anywhere but I do think the frustration level sometimes can raise easier there than it can other places. But if you have your car driving like you want it to and you’re taking the correct approach throughout the day, then it shouldn’t be any different than the other tracks.”
- Chase Elliott on NHMS