3M: This will be the fifth and final primary paint scheme weekend of the year for 3M on board Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports. 3M was the primary partner for Elliott at Martinsville Speedway, the Sprint All-Star Race, Sonoma Raceway and Richmond International Raceway.
MEET CHASE ELLIOTT: On Friday, Oct. 7, fans will have an opportunity to meet 20-year-old Elliott at the NAPA AUTO PARTS store located in Concord, North Carolina, courtesy of Valvoline. Elliott will be signing autographs beginning at 11 a.m. – be sure to get there early. The location address is 570 Concord Parkway in Concord.
Want to meet @chaseelliott?!
— Hendrick 24 Team (@Hendrick24Team) October 4, 2016
CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER: Elliott’s bid for the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup continues after a third-place finish in the Round of 16 finale at Dover International Speedway secured his spot in the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs. Elliott is ranked sixth heading into the Round of 12 this weekend at Charlotte. He is the only rookie to advance to the second round. Thus far in the playoffs, Elliott has secured two third-place finishes and one 13th-place finish. He’s looking to keep that momentum going as he heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he finished eighth earlier this year.
TOP-RANKED ROOKIE: Elliott leads the 2016 Rookie of the Year contender standings heading into the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway by 62 points over second-place Ryan Blaney and 93 points over third-place Chris Buescher. Elliott has accumulated a total of 283 rookie points this year through the first 29 points-paying races.
CHASE UNIVERSITY: “Chase University” – Elliott’s collegiate ticket package program – will make its debut this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The exclusive ticket package will feature concerts, food, beverages and tailgating games before, during and after the race. Elliott will even make an appearance on race day prior to the green flag. Students with a valid college ID can enroll in Chase University with a special $24 party pass available online at CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com. Share the fun using #ChaseU on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott
“I’m proud of the way we’ve been running. I think we’ve been building and gaining on some things that we’ve been missing. Really really cool to move on, I’m proud of that like I said, this group has been doing a really good job. I’m proud of all these guys and we are excited to get on to Charlotte. We had a good car there in the spring and fought hard. Hopefully we can get that next little bit there this weekend.” –Chase Elliott on advancing to the Round of 12 and Charlotte Motor Speedway
NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway TV Schedule (all times ET)
Thursday, October 6
1:30 pm – Sprint Cup Practice on NBCSN
7:00 pm – Sprint Cup Qualifying on NBCSN
Friday, October 7
3:30 pm – Sprint Cup Practice on NBCSN
6:30 pm – Sprint Cup Final Practice on NBCSN
Saturday, October 8
7:00 pm – Sprint Cup Race on NBC
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 (280) and laps led (nearly 75,000). 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 driven by 2020 champion Chase Elliott.