|Chase Elliott is 25/1 to win at Chicagoland.|
“The surface, for sure. It hadn’t been paved in a while, one of the older surfaces that we race on. The racetrack is pretty friendly to moving around and lets everybody kind of spread out, which is always fun. It has a good feel to it. It has some bumps and some character, which is nice, and I have always enjoyed racing there.”
NAPA AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1: NAPA AUTO PARTS will return to the hood of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. 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.
CHICAGOLAND STATS: This weekend, Elliott will make his third Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway. In his 2016 start at the 1.5-mile track, Elliott qualified 14th and finished third after leading 75 laps, making him one of just six drivers to earn a top-five finish at Chicagoland as a rookie. He followed that in 2017 by leading 42 laps en route to a second-place result. His average finish of 2.5 is the best of all active drivers at a single track. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native has led a total of 117 laps at the venue, ranking him second to teammate Jimmie Johnson (695 laps) for most laps led at the 1.5-mile track without a win. It is one of five venues on the Cup circuit where Elliott has led at least 100 laps. He also has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Chicagoland – collecting a win in his first start at the speedway in July 2014. In the four Xfinity starts, he averaged a starting position of 7.5 and finishing position of 9.8.
GUSTAFSON AT CHICAGOLAND: No. 9 team crew chief Alan Gustafson will call his 14th Cup Series race from atop the pit box at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. In his previous 13 races calling the shots for five different drivers at the Joliet, Illinois, track, Gustafson has collected one win in 2009 with Mark Martin, five top-five finishes – two of which were runner-up results – six top-10s and 403 laps led.
SONOMA REWIND: Elliott started and finished in the top five at the 110-lap event at Sonoma Raceway last weekend, posting his best career road course result of fourth. The fourth-place finish also gave Elliott and the No. 9 team their third consecutive top-10, the team’s longest streak of the season.
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 Chevrolet for GMS Racing on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native will also drive the No. 23 Chevy in the upcoming Daytona (July 6) and Bristol (Aug. 17) Xfinity races.
MICAH ROBERTS CHICAGO TAKE: #9 Chase Elliott (25/1) - Like his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Johnson, he's having a down year but the speed is coming. His first two Chicago starts saw him finish third in 2016 and follow it up with runner-up last season. He's still searching for his first career Cup win. NASCAR could sure utilize his popularity right now with attendance and TV ratings down, but he's got to win. He does have an Xfinity Series win at Chicago (2014).