NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Chase Elliott at Talladega one week before his high school graduation in 2014.

Chase Elliott High School Graduation Slated for Iowa Race Weekend

Newton, Iowa. (May 14, 2014) – It’s not every day that a professional race car driver has to take time out of his weekend schedule to attend his high school graduation.  But Chase Elliott is no ordinary, every-day driver.  He’s a two-time winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and currently the series points leader.

Come Saturday, he’ll be a graduate of Kings Ridge Christian School, class of 2014.  Here is how Elliott plans to attend his graduation with minimal track time lost:

He’ll participate in all three practice sessions on Friday at Iowa Speedway before embarking on a 2-hour flight (882 miles) to Georgia.  He’ll graduate Saturday morning and immediately after the ceremony concludes, he’ll catch a flight back to Iowa Speedway in time to qualify his No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Saturday evening.  The race is on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN and MRN/SIRIUSXM.  If all goes according to plan, all he will miss at Iowa is Saturday morning’s final practice.

The .875-mile Iowa Speedway is a track Elliott is familiar with.  In three K&N Pro Series East races, the Dawsonville, Ga., native has one victory and two top-five finishes.  Also, Iowa was site of Elliott’s fourth-ever start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, in which he finished fifth in 2013.  More recently, Elliott took part in a test session in his No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet.

With the trip to Georgia looming, Elliott will certainly rely on constant communication with his crew chief, Greg Ives, during his absence.  Ives’ plan for the No. 9 Chevrolet is to sit out Saturday morning’s practice and not rely on a fill-in driver.

Elliott enters the weekend not only as the championship points leader, but he also holds a 32-point lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott

“I think it’s good to have change and not just go exactly where the Cup schedule goes. I think it’s good for the Nationwide Series to go to different places like Iowa. It’s going to be fun. I’m excited to get out there. I’ve raced there a few times. We’ve had some good runs, some bad runs, some runs in between, so hopefully our NAPA team can try and put a good one together and just try to keep growing.

“Graduation will be exciting to participate in. I mean, I’m really excited for both parts (graduation and racing.) It will be a different weekend than normal for sure.”

TV SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN STANDARD TIME):

Friday, May 16
10:00 AM                    NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice                                   NO TV
2:00 PM                      NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice                                   NO TV
4:30 PM                      NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice                                   NO TV

Saturday, May 17
12:30 PM                    NASCAR Nationwide Series Final Practice              NO TV
7:10 PM                      NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying                   NO TV

Sunday, May 18
2:00 PM                      NASCAR Nationwide Series Race                             ESPN

RADIO: MRN & Sirius XM Ch 90 (1:30 pm ET)

2014 NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVER POINTS

1. Chase Elliott…………………………………….. 339
2. Elliott Sadler………………………………………. -1
3. Regan Smith……………………………………….. -3
4. Trevor Bayne…………………………………….. -31
5. Ty Dillon…………………………………………… -31

2014 SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR POINTS

1. Chase Elliott…………………………………….. 136
2. Ty Dillon…………………………………………… -32
3. Chris Buescher………………………………….. -56
4. Dylan Kwasniewski…………………………….. -66
5. Ryan Reed…………………………………………. -71

NAPA AUTO PARTS: @NAPAKnowHow
CHASE ELLIOTT: @ChaseElliott
JR Motorsports: @JRMotorsports

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