KELLEY BLUE BOOK ON THE NO. 24 CHEVROLET SS: Kelley Blue Book will be the primary partner on board Rookie of the Year contender Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time this season while NAPA AUTO PARTS will be a majority associate sponsor. Kelley Blue Book, which began its partnership with Hendrick Motorsports in 2014, extended its relationship with the team through the 2017 campaign earlier this year and will be the primary partner on the No. 24 for one additional race this season.
PUTTING AN END TO DISTRACTED DRIVING: Kelley Blue Book and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have teamed up to educate high school and college-aged students on the importance of driver safety in conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. Elliott, as a brand spokesperson for Kelley Blue Book, has pledged to promote safe driving and encourage friends to drive phone free.
ROOKIE RANKING: Elliott leads the 2016 Rookie of the Year contender standings heading into Bristol by 13 points over second-place Ryan Blaney. Elliott has accumulated a total of 87 rookie points this year.
TOP-10 PROWESS: Elliott has earned four top-10 finishes in the first seven races of the 2016 season with his most recent finish a career-best fifth at Texas. He will look to add to that total this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 20-year-old driver secured his first top-10 finish of 2016 at his home track, Atlanta Motor Speedway. He also earned Sunoco’s Rookie of the Race honors for his top-10 finishes at Phoenix International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Additionally, he was named the Problem Solver of the Race for his race effort at California.
Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott
“Bristol is just a special place and a track that I’ve loved watching races at. It’s a very fan-friendly race track and has always put on some really cool racing. I think the best way to describe it to a fan would be to go and watch for yourself because racing at Bristol is not like anywhere else that we go to – it’s special. The track definitely has a little bit of a different feel and is a unique spot being surrounded by fans in the stands and the Tennessee mountains. It’s very small and tight which produces great racing. I’m looking forward to getting there.”
“The song selection for driver’s introductions is something that I’ve actually really been looking forward to. I was excited about it when I thought we could do it on the XFINITY side and I found out we couldn’t, so I’m excited about choosing a song for the first time this year.”
“Kelley Blue Book is a recognized and respected name in the automotive industry. It means a lot to have them support the No. 24 team, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of their car. Continuing what they’ve started at Hendrick Motorsports is going to be a lot of fun. Our entire team is looking forward to making the program a success.”
NASCAR Bristol Motor Speedway TV Schedule All times Eastern Standard Time
Friday, April 15
11:00 AM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series First Practice FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying FOX Sports 1
Saturday, April 16
8:30 AM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Second Practice FOX Sports 1
11:00 AM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice FOX Sports 1
12:30 PM NASCAR XFINTY Series Race FOX Sports 1
Sunday, April 17
1:00 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race FOX
Founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports is the winningest team in NASCAR Cup Series history. At the sport’s premier level, the organization holds the all-time records in every major statistical category, including championships (14), points-paying race victories (291) and laps led (over 77,000). Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, the team fields four full-time entries in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by 2020 champion Chase Elliott.