MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2014) – NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Chase Elliott enters the second Dover weekend with a 20-point edge over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings with only six races to go.
While each race presents the potential for triumph or disaster, Elliott and his No. 9 NAPA team realize the ‘Monster Mile’ is a challenge for even the sport’s most-seasoned drivers. The high-banked, one-mile concrete oval is unlike any track the series visits throughout the year. Aesthetically, the track’s two crossover bridges make it different from anywhere else on the NASCAR circuit. On the actual racing surface, drivers are up against 24 degrees of banking in the turns and nine degrees on the straightaways. Add in the factor of racing on a concrete surface instead of traditional asphalt, and drivers will face one of the season’s most difficult tasks.
Thus far in 2014, Elliott has excelled racing on concrete surfaces at Dover and Bristol Motor Speedway. In three starts on concrete tracks, the Dawsonville, Ga., native’s 5.7 average finish is best amongst Nationwide Series regulars. When the Nationwide Series visited Dover in June, Elliott qualified second and led 18 laps en route to a fifth-place finish. Last season, he started second and finished fourth in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition.
In addition to his overall points lead over Smith, Elliott also enters the weekend with a 52-point advantage over Ty Dillon in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
This weekend’s Nationwide Series race from Dover International Speedway will be televised at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. MRN Radio/Sirius XM NASCAR Ch. 90 will carry the race beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott
On this weekend at Dover International Speedway:
“Dover is a super fun place to go race at, but it’s a place that I haven’t been very pleased with my performance, personally. So hopefully this Saturday I can step it up this time back. Six races is a long time, we still have a lot of racing left, so we have to be prepared mentally and physically for the long-haul. Besides Phoenix this is our last one-mile track, the other four are 1.5-mile tracks. I like them all, just ready to get back in my NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy and get on the track.”
TV: ESPN2 (3:30 pm ET)
RADIO: MRN & Sirius XM Ch. 90 (2:15 pm ET)
FIRST PRACTICE: 9/26, 10:00 am-10:50 am ET (FOX Sports 1)
FINAL PRACTICE: 9/26, 2:00 pm-3:20 pm ET (ESPN2)
QUALIFYING: 9/27, 12:15 pm ET (FOX Sports 2)
GREEN FLAG: 9/27, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN2)
*All Times Eastern Standard, Please Check Your Local TV Listings*
2014 NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVER POINTS
1. Chase Elliott…………….. 992
2. Regan Smith…………….. -20
3. Ty Dillon…………….. -38
4. Brian Scott…………….. -55
5. Elliott Sadler…………….. -61
2014 SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR POINTS
1. Chase Elliott…………….. 302
2. Ty Dillon……………… -52
3. Chris Buescher…………….. -93
4. Dylan Kwasniewski…………….. -147
5. Ryan Reed…………….. -151
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