|Chase Elliott is 30/1 to win Sunday at Pocono.|
“No, I like Pocono. I enjoy Pocono. It’s been another fun place and unique with the shifting and things that we do there that we don’t do at other places. I like that challenge, it’s something that we don’t do and obviously road courses we do, but it’s just different. I enjoy racing there.”
NAPA AUTO PARTS: The familiar blue, white and yellow NAPA AUTO PARTS paint scheme will grace the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The Atlanta-based company will serve as majority sponsor for Chase Elliott and the No. 9 team for 26 NASCAR Cup Series races this year.
POCONO STATS: Elliott is set to make his fifth start at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend. In his first four starts, the third-year driver has collected one top-five finish and three top-10s. Elliott averages a starting position of 14.8 and a finishing position of 13.8 at the Pennsylvania track. During the 22-year-old driver’s rookie start at Pocono in June 2016, he led 51 laps en route to a fourth-place finish.
GUSTAFSON AT THE TRICKY TRIANGLE: No. 9 crew chief Alan Gustafson is no stranger to success at Pocono. Gustafson will call his 27th race from atop the pit box at the 2.5-mile triangle this weekend. In his previous 26 starts with five different drivers (Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Casey Mears and Kyle Busch), Gustafson has collected two wins with Gordon (June 2011 and August 2012) and garnered six top-five finishes and 14 top-10s.
600 REWIND: The No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS team raced inside the top 10 for much of Sunday night’s 600-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway before eventually finishing the night in 11th. Elliott is currently ranked 15th in the driver point standings.
DOUBLE DUTY: In addition to his full-time duty piloting the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Cup Series, Elliott will once again compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race driving the No. 23 for GMS Racing on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native will also drive the No. 23 Chevrolet in the upcoming Chicagoland (June 30), Daytona (July 6) and Bristol (Aug. 17) NXS races.
ELLIOTT AT CHEVY STAGE: On Sunday, June 3, Elliott will appear at the Team Chevy Stage in the fan zone at 11:30 a.m. local time for a question-and-answer session.
HOME SWEET HOME: As we head to Pocono, there are four members of the No. 9 team that call the Keystone State home – car chief Josh Kirk (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania), engineer Matt Barndt (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), primary truck driver Dave Ott (St. Marys, Pennsylvania) and co-truck driver Heath Edler (Williamsport, Pennsylvania).
Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1) 30/1
· One top five, three top 10s
· Average finish of 13.75, ninth-best
· Average Running Position of 10.072, second-best
· Driver Rating of 99.3, fifth-best
· 39 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
· Average Green Flag Speed of 163.47, ninth-fastest
· 527 Laps in the Top 15 (85.3), second-most
· 172 Quality Passes, 12th-most