BRISTOL BOUND: Chase Elliott is Bristol-bound this weekend in his NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS. The rookie returns to the “Last Great Colosseum” after a positive showing at the track in the spring. Elliott, at the time, captured a career-best fourth-place finish after starting from the back half of the field and rebounding from going two laps down due to a loose right-rear wheel. It marked Elliott’s second top-five finish of the season to that point.
SEASON STANDINGS: Elliott currently sits 12th in the standings with 561 points. The rookie trails leader Brad Keselowski by 166 markers. The 20-year-old is younger than any other driver currently inside the top 16 – the amount of drivers NASCAR takes into its playoffs – while also being the highest ranked rookie.
TOP-RANKED ROOKIE: Elliott leads the 2016 Rookie of the Year contender standings heading into Bristol Motor Speedway by 48 points over second-place Ryan Blaney and 77 points over third-place Chris Buescher. Elliott has accumulated a total of 247 rookie points this year through the first 22 points-paying races.
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EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!: Elliott’s photo has hit newsstands in Georgia this summer as he graces the cover of Georgia Magazine’s August issue. Earlier this year, Elliott talked with his home state magazine on growing up in Georgia, his parents’ role in his success thus far and racing for Hendrick Motorsports. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native is accompanied in the issue by fellow Georgian athletes Reese Hoffa, Jenny Arthur and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock – all of whom are competing in the Rio Olympics. To read more on Elliott’s cover feature click here.
Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott
“I had a really good car at Bristol in the spring. The guys brought a fast car and we learned a lot. I didn’t qualify as well as I had wanted to, but I’m going to work on that going back. We hit on a few things there during practice and the race and I’m looking forward to racing Saturday night.” -Chase Elliott on Bristol Motor Speedway
NASCAR Bristol Night Race TV Schedule (all times ET)
Friday, August 19
10:00 AM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice NBC Sports App
12:30 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice NBC Sports App
1:00 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice USA
5:30 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying USA
Saturday, August 20
8:00 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race NBC Sports Network
Founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 258 points-paying race victories and a record 12 car owner championships in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. Headquartered in Concord, NC, the organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Cup circuit, including the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet driven by Chase Elliott.