NAPA and Chase Elliott on Brink of First Championship Together

NAPA and Chase Elliott on Brink of First Championship Together

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2014) – On the brink of his first NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Chase Elliott, eyes a chance to also become the first rookie and youngest ever to win one of NASCAR’s top three national touring series championships.

Elliott will arrive in Phoenix with a 48-point lead on his JR Motorsports teammate, Regan Smith.  With the stage set, Elliott will need to gain only one point on second place in the points standings in order to clinch the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship. Head-to-head this year, Elliott has outran his teammate (Smith) in 21 out of 31 races thus far in the season.  During the rainout at Phoenix in March, Smith finished eighth and Elliott finished ninth.  However, that was only Elliott’s second career start.

NAPA AUTO PARTS also looks to clinch its first championship since Ron Hornaday Jr. won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship in 1996 and 1998 for the Atlanta-based company.  But this time it would happen at the Nationwide Series level, one step above the Camping World Truck Series.

Regardless of all the various points scenarios, one thing is certain; if Elliott finishes inside the top-20 this weekend at Phoenix and next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he will win the championship.

In the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, Elliott has pushed his lead over Ty Dillon to 52 points.  Elliott is also in the running for Most Popular Driver in the Nationwide Series.

With the possibility of Elliott clinching the Nationwide Series championship on Saturday, all eyes will be on Phoenix International Raceway when the DAV 200 kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and MRN/Sirius XM.

Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott

On Phoenix International Raceway:

“We had a very solid run last weekend at Texas collectively as a team.  This is the type of performance and momentum you want late in any season.  I am very excited about getting back out to Phoenix.  In the spring we had a decent run, but due to the rain-out we never were able to get a full analysis of the weekend.  I love short-track racing, which is what Phoenix is all about, but I certainly have a lot to learn about Phoenix and how to get around there.”

MEDIA INFORMATION

TV: ESPN (3:30 pm ET)

RADIO: MRN & Sirius XM Ch. 90 (3:30 pm ET)

FIRST PRACTICE: 11/7, 12:00 pm-1:20 pm ET (FOX Sports 1)

FINAL PRACTICE: 11/7, 3:10 pm-4:20 pm ET (FOX Sports 1)

QUALIFYING: 11/8, 12:45 pm ET (FOX Sports 2)

GREEN FLAG: 11/8, 4:00 pm ET (ESPN)

 

2014 NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVER POINTS

1. Chase Elliott………………………………….. 1,146

2. Regan Smith……………………………………… -48

3. Brian Scott……………………………………….. -63

4. Elliott Sadler…………………………………….. -68

5. Ty Dillon…………………………………………… -75

 

2014 SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR POINTS

1. Chase Elliott…………………………………….. 311

  1. Ty Dillon…………………………………………… -52

3. Chris Buescher………………………………….. -83

4. Dylan Kwasniewski…………………………… -148

5. Ryan Reed………………………………………. -155

 

NAPA:@NAPAKnowHow & @NAPARacing

CHASE ELLIOTT:@ChaseElliott

ELLIOT MABE:@ElliotMabe9

JR Motorsports:@JRMotorsports

 

MEDIA CONTACT INFO:

Elliot Mabe, No. 9 PR Manager

Email: Emabe@dalejr.com

 

Phoenix TV Listings

Thursday, November 6 

3:00 PM                       NASCAR Camping World Truck Practice                    NO TV

5:30 PM                       NASCAR Camping World Truck Final Practice                       NO TV

7:30 PM                      NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race                                    Fox Sports 1

                                    (TV air date 11/16 @ Noon EST)

Friday, November 7 

12:00 PM                    NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice                                   FOX Sports 1

1:30 PM                       NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice                            FOX Sports 1

3:10 PM                      NASCAR Nationwide Series Final Practice              FOX Sports 1

4:45 PM                       NASCAR Camping World Truck Qualifying                 FOX Sports 1

6:45 PM                       NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying                         ESPN2

8:30 PM                       NASCAR Camping World Truck Race                         FOX Sports 1 

Saturday, November 8 

11:30 AM                    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice                            FOX Sports 2

12:45 PM                    NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying                   FOX Sports 2

2:30 PM                       NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice                   FOX Sports 2

4:00 PM                      NASCAR Nationwide Series Race                             ESPN                                                                                                   

Sunday, November 9 

3:00 PM                      NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race                               ESPN

All Times Eastern Standard, Please Check Your Local TV Listings

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