“It’s an honor to be carrying his name on my NAPA Chevy,” Chase Elliott appreciates the efforts of the U.S Army ahead of Memorial Day Weekend at Charlotte

Chase Elliott and crew chief Alan Gustafson share their thoughts ahead of this week's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott who drives the No.9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports competing full-time in the Cup Series is delighted to be racing again on the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the iconic Coca-Cola 600 known for its 600-mile race, being the longest in the sport’s history. He finished second in both 2020 and 2021’s Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series races.

Chase Elliott has had a banger of a season despite having just one victory at the DuraMAX Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway and has acquired seven top 10s and two top 15s this season and he placed 23rd at this year’s Texas All-Star Race after Ross Chastain slammed into him leaving both out of the race.

As a part of the NASCAR Memorial Day Weekend at Charlotte, Elliott will be paying his tribute to U.S. Army First Lieutenant Noah Harris who gave his life, fighting in Iraq. Elliott has already got himself a spot in the playoffs and he manages to top the table with a 52-points lead ahead of Ryan Blaney, this year’s All-Star Race winner.

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“Racing on Memorial Day weekend has always been something that’s meant a lot to me,” says Chase Elliott ahead of his run at Charlotte this year

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Chase Elliott’s No.9 on the Texas Motor Speedway

Chase Elliott admits that he is always fond of racing at the 1.5mile Charlotte track and he remains grateful for Noah Harris despite not knowing him in life, he got to know about the Army Lieutenant through stories and admired his service to the country.

“Racing on Memorial Day weekend has always been something that’s meant a lot to me. While didn’t know Noah (Harris) firsthand, after reading his story and his commitment to his country, obviously it speaks for itself, but he was just a standup individual,” said Chase Elliott.

He further added by saying that he values his loyalty and his dedication towards his nation and is thankful for his service that ensures the safety of everyone today and Chase feels humbled to carry the Lieutenant’s name on his Chevy at Charlotte.

“He was devoted to his country from a very young age, and I think for that we’re always grateful. He was a young man who gave his life serving our country and protecting us here at home. It’s an honor to be carrying his name on my NAPA Chevy this weekend,” concluded Chase Elliott.

“You’ve just got to make sure you’re taking care of your car,” Chase Elliott’s crew chief Alan Gustafson shares his thoughts on prepping for the race

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Chase Elliott and his crew chief, Alan Gustafson

Elliott’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson seems pretty confident ahead of the long and tiring Coca-Cola 600 as he says that there’s nothing new to prepare for this race and one should just ensure his car’s safety given the duration of this race and adds that the right calls have to be made throughout and staying out of harm’s way is important.

“There’s not as much for us to prepare for with this new car as in years past. You’ve just got to make sure you’re taking care of your car because it is such a long race. You’ve got to make good decisions, be around at the end, and not get crashed,” said Alan Gustafson.

He further added by saying that understanding the track is crucial and he really is looking forward to how it goes and adds that he has fun racing at this particular track and is anticipating a good finish.

“The field typically thins itself out with people making mistakes or having issues. We’ll see how it goes. Racing on Memorial Day weekend is always something I enjoy, so I’m looking forward to it,” concluded Alan Gustafson.

With Chase Elliott already stealing a spot in the playoffs, all that remains is the Cup Series Championship ahead of him, will he end up winning it this year?

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