Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Chase Elliott a strong New Hampshire contender based on Phoenix, Richmond

Chase Elliott is 40/1 to win Sunday at New Hampshire.
Chase Elliott on racing at New Hampshire:
“Loudon is Loudon, for sure. It’s been an interesting track – it really doesn’t compare to anywhere else we go to. It's very difficult, very track-position sensitive. You don’t move forward in a hurry there, so it can be one of the most frustrating races I think that we go to. It’s very important to try and keep your cool there and be patient with things.”

NAPA AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1: This weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the familiar blue, white and yellow NAPA AUTO PARTS paint scheme will grace the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. 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.

GRANITE STATE STATS: Elliott is set to make his fifth NASCAR Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In his previous four starts, Elliott averaged a starting position of 10.5 and finishing position of 17.2. The driver of the No. 9 also has two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the 1.058-mile speedway. In those Xfinity starts, Elliott collected a pair of top-10 finishes, averaging a starting position of 7.5 and finishing position of 8.5.

GUSTAFSON AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: No. 9 team crew chief Alan Gustafson will call his 26th Cup Series race at New Hampshire from atop the pit box this weekend. In his previous 25 races calling the shots for five different drivers at the Loudon, New Hampshire, track, Gustafson has collected two wins – in 2006 with Kyle Busch and 2009 with Mark Martin. Gustafson has also collected six top-five finishes, 11 top-10s and 465 laps led.

HOME SWEET HOME: Two members of the No. 9 team consider New Hampshire Motor Speedway their home track. Engine tuner Tony Bove hails from Burlington, Vermont, approximately 167 miles northwest of the track. Interior mechanic Scott Honan is from Norwalk, Connecticut, approximately 200 miles southwest of the Loudon track.

KENTUCKY REWIND: The No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS team raced inside the top 15 throughout the majority of the 400-mile NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway last weekend before ending the night with a 13th-place finish.

DARLINGTON THROWBACK: Last week, Elliott, along with his father, Bill, and uncle, Ernie, unveiled the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 throwback car that will be on track at Darlington Raceway. The ride is modeled after a paint scheme that Elliott’s late cousin Casey drove in 1993. As Casey’s racing career was in its early stages, a cancerous growth on his upper right thigh was discovered, and the cancer had spread. At age 21, Casey’s 24-month fight came to an end on Jan. 14, 1996. Click here for more information or to view images of the car.

MICAH ROBERTS' TAKE: #9 Chase Elliott (40/1) - He was 11th in both races last season, a career-high between his four starts, but what elevates him here as a quality candidate to win is being third at Phoneix and runner-up at Richmond, his best performances of the season in the new Camaro. He'll be very good this week.

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