Chase Elliott at Richmond: Formula for Repeat Championship
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2015) – When you mathematically dissect what remains for NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Chase Elliott in the final nine NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races of 2015, the numbers are telling. Now in third place in the championship standings, Elliott sits 35 points out of first place. So for Elliott and the No. 9 team, the math is simple. Elliott must best points leader Chris Buescher by an average of 3.8 positions in each of the final nine races to secure his second NXS championship in as many years.
The team will have its first opportunity at Richmond International Raceway, which couldn’t come at a better time for the 19-year-old. Statistically, the .75-mile oval is one of Elliott’s most successful tracks, and one where he holds an average finish of 3.0 – his NXS career best. In three career starts at the facility, Elliott also boasts an average start of 4.7 and has never failed to finish outside the top five.
Richmond stands with Dover International Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway as one of three tracks remaining on the schedule less than a mile in length. It’s a comparably small number with the six 1.5-mile surfaces the NXS has yet to race on in 2015. But if the No. 9 NAPA KNOW HOW team is to have any chance at a repeat championship, they’ll need to find success at all of these facilities.
Tune in Friday night to catch Elliott and the NAPA team, as the No. 9 will carry the XFINITY in-car camera and gear up a race under the lights at Richmond at 7:30 p.m. ET. MRN Radio/Sirius XM NASCAR Ch. 90 will carry the race starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott on Richmond International Raceway:
“We have nine to go. That said, there can’t be any room for error the rest of the way. I’m excited about short track racing this weekend at Richmond. It doesn’t get any better than short track racing under the lights. Richmond is an awesome track with a lot of character. We ran pretty well there in the spring, but there’s always room for improvement. Knowing Chevrolet is on the brink of their 400th career XFINITY Series win, it would be cool to roll the NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy into victory lane Friday night. That would be special.”
NASCAR Richmond TV Schedule
All times Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Friday, Sept. 11
10:00 a.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice NBC Sports Network
1:00 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice NBC Sports Network
3:45 p.m. NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying NBC Sports Network
5:45 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying NBC Sports Network
7:30 p.m. NASCAR XFINITY Series Race NBC Sports Network
Saturday, Sept. 12
7:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race NBC Sports Network
RADIO: MRN & Sirius XM Ch. 90 (7 p.m. ET)