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Chase Elliott is Back for a Second Helping

Chase Elliott during the NASCAR Nationwide race at Richmond International Raceway.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2014) – A season sweep at Chicagoland Speedway for NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Chase Elliott?  That could happen this Saturday when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to the 1.5-mile tri-oval in Joliet, Illinois, where Elliott won nearly two months ago.

It was on July 19 that the 18-year-old Elliott swept into the Windy City with an unforgettable performance, leading 85 laps en route to his third victory this year.  The win also helped Elliott retake the points lead from teammate Regan Smith, and so far he has not relinquished it.  For Elliott it was a monumental night, as the other two NASCAR touring series were on a bye week, giving the No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet center stage.  Racing in front of the hardcore race fans of the Midwest, Elliott showcased his talents by motoring past Trevor Bayne with 25 laps to go and staying out front the rest of the way.  He beat Bayne, Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne to the checkered flag to earn the win.

Elliott returns to Chicagoland Speedway with the possibility of a championship in clear view ahead of him.  With eight races to go, Elliott leads Smith by 19 points, as he gained three points at Bristol, two points at Atlanta, and four points last week at Richmond.

Elliott also leads Ty Dillon by 60 points in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

Saturday afternoon’s Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 will start at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and MRN/Sirius XM.

 

Driver Quotes  | Chase Elliott

 

On Chicagoland Speedway:

“I’m excited to get back up to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend.  We had a great run there back in July, but the more I look back on that night, I can see a bunch of things we can improve on.  So hopefully we are able to improve in those areas this weekend and put on a great show for the fans.”

On the season to date:

“With just a few races left this season, everyone has to be on the same page.  It starts at the shop and ends each weekend at the race track.  My NAPA AUTO PARTS team has been dialed in all year long, but now it’s ‘go’ time.  One mistake can take you out of contention with a snap of the finger, so we have to minimize the risks for mistakes and execute when it matters, like on pit stops and late-race decisions.  It has been an unbelievable season so far and we have worked well together, but now it’s time to get to work and finish strong.”

 

For Chase Elliott Merchandise, please visit ChaseElliott.com.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

 

TV: ESPN2 (3:00 pm ET)

RADIO: MRN & Sirius XM Ch 90 (3:00 pm ET)

FIRST PRACTICE: 9/12, 12:00 pm-12:50 pm ET (FOX Sports 1)

FINAL PRACTICE: 9/12, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm ET (FOX Sports 1)

QUALIFYING: 9/13, 12:15 pm ET (FOX Sports 2)

GREEN FLAG: 9/13, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN2)

 

2014 NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVER POINTS

1. Chase Elliott916

2. Regan Smith-19

3. Ty Dillon-42

4. Elliott Sadler-54

5. Brian Scott-57

 

2014 SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR POINTS

1. Chase Elliott296

2. Ty Dillon.-60

3. Chris Buescher-95

4. Dylan Kwasniewski-144

5. Ryan Reed-148

 

Chicagoland/Charlotte TV Listings

Thursday, September 11

2:00 PMNASCAR Camping World Truck PracticeNO TV

3:30 PMNASCAR Camping World Truck Final PracticeNO TV

 

Friday, September 12

12:00 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series PracticeFOX Sports 1

1:00 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series PracticeFOX Sports 1

3:15 PMNASCAR Camping World Truck QualifyingFOX Sports 1

4:30 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Final PracticeFOX Sports 1

6:45 PMNASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying ESPN2

8:30 PM NASCAR Camping World Truck RaceFOX Sports 1

 

Saturday, September 13

11:00 AM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series PracticeFOX Sports 1

12:15 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series QualifyingFOX Sports 2

2:00 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final PracticeFOX Sports 2

3:30 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series RaceESPN2

 

Sunday, September 14

2:00 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series RaceESPN

8:30 PMNHRA Charlotte Final EliminationsESPN2

All Times Eastern Standard, Please Check Your Local TV Listings

 

NAPA AUTO PARTS: @NAPAKnowHow

CHASE ELLIOTT: @ChaseElliott

ELLIOT MABE: @ElliotMabe9

JR MOTORSPORTS: @JRMotorsports

 

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