|Chase Elliott won first two stages at Las Vegas last week.|
No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
Chase Elliott on the challenges at Auto Club Speedway:
“Fontana, being 2-mile racetrack, that place it can expose flaws pretty easily because you are trying to take drag off the car for as long as the straightaways are, but you also want it to drive pretty good there.”
Elliott's goals and expectations for 2020:
“You always have goals and you always want to do good and you always want to do better than you did last year. You are always trying to move forward and get better. I’d say that’s the biggest thing, just try to do better than last season.”
STAGE WIN STREAK: After just two races in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Chase Elliott already has garnered three stage wins. That's more than half of what he collected in 2019 (five). Since stage racing was established in 2017, Elliott has earned at least three stage wins in each season (2017 – three, 2018 – four, 2019 – five).
2-MILE STATS: This weekend, Elliott is set to make his fifth NASCAR Cup Series start at Auto Club Speedway and his 12th Cup start at a 2-mile track (ACS and Michigan International Speedway). In his 11 previous Cup Series starts on 2-mile tracks, Elliott has earned three top-five finishes – all runner-up results – and nine top-10 finishes.
GUSTAFSON AT ACS: No. 9 team crew chief Alan Gustafson is set to call his 22nd race from atop the pit box at the Fontana, California, track this weekend. In his previous 21 starts, Gustafson has one win, four top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. His sole win at ACS came in September 2005 with Kyle Busch – his first career victory as a crew chief.
CALIFORNIA IS HOME: No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS rear-tire changer Chad Avrit will compete at his home track in the Golden State this weekend. 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. When not at the track, he enjoys spending time with his two sons, hanging out on the lake and mountain biking.
LAS VEGAS REWIND: Elliott proved to be a factor at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading for 70 laps and winning both Stage 1 and Stage 2. His average running position during the 267-lap event was the fourth highest in the field (7.3). Unfortunately, a flat left-rear tire sent Elliott into the outside barrier, resulting in a caution. The No. 9 team was forced to make multiple pit stops to repair the damage. He fell to 27th and ultimately finished the day in 26th.
CHECK OUT THOSE HATS: This weekend in California, the No. 9 team will wear special, limited-edition NAPA hats at the track. The hats are part of NAPA AUTO PARTS' March in-store promotion. During the month of March, when customers spend $25 in store, they will receive the No. 9 NAPA Racing/Chase Elliott hat while supplies last.