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Chase Elliott Daytona 500 Preview


NAPA AUTO PARTS ON THE NO. 24 CHEVROLET SS: NAPA AUTO PARTS will make its debut on the hood of rookie of the year contender Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS at Daytona International Speedway in the Daytona 500. NAPA AUTO PARTS will be the majority sponsor on the No. 24 for 24 Sprint Cup Series races this year.

CHASING HISTORY: Elliott became the youngest Daytona 500 pole-winner of all time on Sunday after running 196.314 mph during his final qualifying lap. This became Hendrick Motorsports’ 10th Daytona 500 pole – the series most – as well as Chevrolet’s 24th Daytona 500 pole award – also the series most. The Elliotts are now the fourth father-son duo to win the Daytona 500 pole behind the Petty, Allison and Earnhardt duos.

2016 NASCAR Daytona 500

ROOKIE STRIPES: Twenty-year-old Elliott will begin his campaign for 2016 rookie of the year honors this weekend in Daytona. He has a history of performing well as a rookie-of-the-year contender having earned the title in 2014 while racing in the NXS. He won the 2014 NXS championship in his rookie year as well, making him NASCAR’s youngest-ever national series champion.

DISSECTING DAYTONA: The Dawsonville, Georgia, native will make his Cup debut in the No. 24 Chevrolet at Daytona after earning the pole award Sunday afternoon. Elliott competing there four times in the NXS. In his four NXS starts, Elliott earned two top-10 finishes with his most-recent finish being third.

12-21 February, 2016, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Chase Elliott and Matt Kenseth, Dollar General Toyota Camry pole award ©2016, Russell LaBounty NKP

GUSTAFSON GOES HOME: No. 24 team crew chief Alan Gustafson grew up just down the road from Daytona International Speedway in Ormond Beach, Florida, the “Birthplace of Speed.” After graduating from Seabreeze High School he enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. He is now returning to his home once again after closing out his final year as Jeff Gordon’s crew chief and beginning a new chapter with rookie of the year contender Elliott.

USAF THUNDERBIRDS: Elliott earned his private pilot’s license in July 2015. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Elliott handed over the pilot’s seat to ride along with “America’s Ambassadors in Blue” – the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. According to NASCAR engineers, at Daytona International Speedway, peak lateral G is approximately 2.0 and peak vertical G is approximately 2.5. In 2015, the average speed of a Cup car was 200 miles per hour. During Elliott’s ride in the Thunderbirds’ F-16, he experienced 9 G’s moving at approximately 720 miles per hour – 520 miles faster.

NEW RELATIONSHIPS: In December, Elliott and the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS team spent a day at Homestead-Miami Speedway taking part in a Goodyear tire test in preparation for the 2016 season. It was the first time that Elliott, Gustafson and the No. 24 team were able to work together on track.

Driver Quote | Chase Elliott

“I’m excited to get this season started. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime and for me it’s something I have wanted to do for a long, long time. I’m very honored and humbled to have the chance to do that. I want to make the folks proud who have given me this opportunity and also the people who have gotten me to this point. Daytona is always a special place. I’m excited to experience racing in the Daytona 500 and hopefully we can just try to make the most of that day and give it our best effort.”

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NASCAR Sprint Cup TV Schedule  All times Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Wednesday, Feb. 17
5:00 PM                                NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice                                                          FoxSports1
6:00PM                                 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice                                                          FoxSports1

Thursday, Feb. 18
Noon                                     NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice                                                          FoxSports1
7:00 PM                                NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying Race                                          FoxSports1
9:00 PM                                NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying Race                                          FoxSports1

Friday, Feb. 19
10:30 AM                             NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice                                                               FoxSports1
Noon                                     NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice                                                          FoxSports1
1:00 PM                                NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice                                                               FoxSports1
2:00 PM                                NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice                                                          FoxSports1
3:00 PM                                NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice                                                    FoxSports1
7:30 PM                                NASCAR Truck Series Race                                                                           FoxSports1

Saturday, Feb. 20
10:00 AM                             NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying                                                          FoxSports1
Noon                                     NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice                                               FoxSports1
3:30 PM                                NASCAR XFINITY Series Race                                                                      FoxSports1

Sunday, Feb. 21
1:00 PM                                NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race                                                                FOX

Radio: MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90

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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.

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