DRIVER: Chase Elliott / No. 24 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet SS
RACE: Kansas Speedway 400 (Race 31 of 36)
TRACK: Kansas Speedway
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 16, 2016
SUNENERGY1: This will be the third and penultimate primary paint scheme weekend of the year for SunEnergy1 on board Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports. SunEnergy1 was the primary partner for Elliott at Daytona International Speedway and Watkins Glen International. They will also be the primary for Phoenix International Raceway in November.
2017 PAINT SCHEME DEBUT: Tuesday afternoon Elliott unveiled his 2017 NAPA AUTO PARTS paint scheme via his Instagram channel. The blue-and-yellow design features the same five blue stripes that mimic Ron Capps’ NAPA AUTO PARTS NHRA Funny Car. The design also incorporates new stand-out elements such as yellow racing stripes surrounding the existing light blue and red stripes on the side panels, yellow stripes on the A-frames and a complete yellow wash on the rear panel. To see the design Elliott will pilot next year, click here.
CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER: Elliott’s bid for the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup continues in Kansas after a late-race incident last Sunday stopped his day short at Charlotte. Elliott led 103 laps – second most only to teammate Johnson – in the rain-postponed race. The rookie driver is ranked 10th as he heads to the second race in the Round of 12 at Kansas Speedway this weekend. He is only three points outside of eighth – the cutoff spot for the Round of 8. Thus far in the playoffs, Elliott has led 179 laps while also securing two top-five finishes both coming in the Round of 16. He’s looking to keep that momentum going as he heads to Kansas, where he finished ninth earlier this year.
SNAPCHAT TAKEOVER: Elliott took fans under the hood Tuesday, giving them a glimpse of his daily life by taking over NASCAR’s Snapchat handle. Fans and media members can follow along for a behind-the-scenes look into the rookie driver’s day by following NASCAR on Snapchat and clicking on their story.
TOP-RANKED ROOKIE: Elliott leads the 2016 Rookie of the Year contender standings heading into the race at Kansas Speedway by 62 points over second-place Ryan Blaney and 91 points over third-place Chris Buescher. Elliott has accumulated a total of 284 rookie points this year through the first 30 points-paying races.
CHASE UNIVERSITY: “Chase University” – Elliott’s collegiate ticket package program – made its debut this past weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The exclusive ticket package will return again at Talladega Superspeedway featuring pre-race concerts, food, beverages and tailgating games. Elliott 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 http://www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/ChaseU. Share the fun using #ChaseU on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott
“I definitely don’t look at Kansas as a stellar race track for me. I feel like it’s a very unique repave and the way the asphalt feels there to me is a little different than a lot of race tracks. I think I still have a lot to figure out at Kansas. I’m happy we got to run a Cup race there this year. I learned a few things and hopefully that will help going back. I lean on my teammates a lot, really for any of the races in general, but definitely at Kansas which is a place I haven’t run at a lot. Jimmie (Johnson) has had a lot of success there over the past couple of years having won a race and I think a lot of that can help. I’m also always leaning on Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) any way I can. He’s been a huge help all year long and I appreciate everything he has done for me to get going.”
- Chase Elliott on Kansas Speedway