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Chase Elliott Weighs In On Recent Crew Chief News

Chase Elliott during Nationwide practice at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY.


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2014) – While Chase Elliott continues his quest for a Nationwide Series championship in 2014, JR Motorsports filled a major component to Elliott’s team for 2015.

Just one month after the announcement that current NAPA Racing crew chief Greg Ives would depart at season’s end to take over the No. 88 Sprint Cup Series team, JR Motorsports announced this week that Ernie Cope has been chosen to carry the torch in 2015.

Cope is the crew chief for JRM’s No. 5 team driven primarily by Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kasey Kahne.  He is a three-time winner in 2014, and he’s a 12-time winner in a career that dates back to 2009.

With that ever-important box checked, Elliott and the NAPA team can return its focus on a title run, which continues this Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.  “Thunder Valley” is a half-mile bullring located on the Tennessee/Virginia border.  Elliott finished ninth there in March.

The 18-year-old rookie currently holds a 10-point lead in the driver standings over teammate Regan Smith with 11 races to go.  He also leads Ty Dillon by 51 points in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

Friday’s Food City 300 will start at 7 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on ESPN and PRN/Sirius XM.

Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott

On the announcement that Ernie Cope will crew chief the NAPA team in 2015:

“I’ve been able to get to know Ernie a lot this year.  I have a lot of respect for him and for what he’s accomplished.  He was my crew chief this year at Road America (during the birth of Ives’ third child).  That allowed me to get to know him even more, and we had a really good weekend.  I’m looking forward to working with him next year on a week-to-week basis.  He’s a smart guy, and he’s a racer.  That’s what I like most about him.  It’s good to have the news already announced.  I was confident a good decision would be made.”


On Bristol Motor Speedway: 

“Bristol is always an exciting place to go and I’m pumped to be back there this weekend.  We didn’t have the run we were hoping for in the spring, but we’ve been working hard to improve upon that this go-around.  Our goal is to stay in championship form and not let anything get us out of rhythm.”


Bristol TV Listings

Wednesday, August 20

10:00 AMNASCAR Camping World Truck PracticeNO TV

12:00 PMNASCAR Camping World Truck Final PracticeNO TV

4:40 PMNASCAR Camping World Truck QualifyingFOX Sports 1

8:30 PM NASCAR Camping World Truck RaceFOX Sports 1


Thursday, August 21

1:30 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series PracticeNO TV

3:00 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Final PracticeNO TV


Friday, August 22

11:00 AM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series PracticeFOX Sports 1

1:30 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final PracticeFOX Sports 1

3:40 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series QualifyingFOX Sports 1

5:40 PMNASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying ESPN2

7:30 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series RaceESPN


Saturday, August 23

7:30 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series RaceABC


All Times Eastern Standard, Please Check Your Local TV Listings



TV: ESPN (7:00 pm ET)

RADIO: PRN & Sirius XM Ch 90 (7:00 pm ET)

FIRST PRACTICE: 8/21, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm ET (NO TV)

FINAL PRACTICE: 8/21, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm ET (NO TV)

QUALIFYING: 8/22, 3:40 pm ET (FOX Sports 1)

GREEN FLAG: 8/22, 7:30 pm ET (ESPN)



1. Chase Elliott792

2. Regan Smith-10

3. Elliott Sadler-16

4. Ty Dillon-28

5. Brian Scott-42



1. Chase Elliott-275

2. Ty Dillon.-51

3. Chris Buescher-81

4. Dylan Kwasniewski-127

5. Ryan Reed-132


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