|Chase Elliott is 10/1 to win at Fontana.|
“I think as we see the surface get older, it gets worn out more and it seems like it lends more opportunity for strategy calls. Tires mean a lot – the racetrack is so big and surface is so worn out that one lap is taking a lot of life off your tire. I think those two things together mean that tires are going to mean a lot in just a handful of laps. You have those short, quick runs with a quick caution and if you only run five laps, everybody is coming back down pit road for tires. They just make for good races because it means you can do something different than the guy ahead of you.”
Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS, will visit the Auto Club Speedway media center at 9:45 a.m. local time on Friday, March 24.
PHOENIX REWIND: Chase Elliott and the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS team collected their first stage win of the season, earned one playoff point, led 106 laps and ultimately finished 12th in last Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
CALI STATS: Last season, Elliott collected a top-10 finish in his Cup Series debut at Auto Club Speedway. In the 21-year-old driver’s two NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the two-mile speedway, he earned one top-five finish and two top-10s, an average starting position of ninth and average finishing position of fifth.
LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR’s loop data statistics, Elliott’s 105.1 driver rating ranks him third among active drivers at Fontana. The second-year driver’s 96.2 percent quality passes – the number of times a driver passes another car that is running in the top 15 while under green-flag conditions – and 98 percent of laps run in the top 15 contribute to that ranking.
HOME FOR THE WEEKEND: No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS rear-tire changer Chad Avrit will compete this weekend at his home track of Auto Club Speedway in the Cup Series. Avrit grew up in El Centro, California, and was an avid surfer before moving to Mooresville, North Carolina, to pursue a career in motor sports. In addition to being an athlete at Hendrick Motorsports, the California native is also a small business owner in the greater Charlotte area, owning Swell Board Shop, a dream he made a reality after wanting to bring a West Coast-style board shop to his new home. Avrit has been a part of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team since 2012.