NASCAR Truck: Chase Elliott returns to series for Martinsville
Chase Elliott (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Chase Elliott plans to run Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, driving a No. 71 Chevrolet entry for Contreras Motorsports. He’ll bring along sponsor NAPA, Elliott’s Sprint cup sponsor and his sponsor through his two full-time seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2014 and 2015, will back his effort behind the wheel of the No. 71. The chassis will be on loan from JR Motorsports, the team for which Elliott still races part-time in the Xfinity Series. JR Motorsports fields a No. 00 Chevrolet for Cole Custer in the Truck Series.
Elliott last raced in the Truck Series in 2013. The decision to climb into a race truck at Martinsville was made to give the Cup rookie extra experience at the track ahead of the Sprint Cup race there on Sunday.
“Everything is a challenge for me at Martinsville,” Elliott said. “It has been a rough going every time I have been. I’m definitely going to look into it a lot this week before we go back, and running the truck race there on Saturday should help, too.”
Elliott has two-career Sprint Cup starts at Martinsville. He finished 20th earlier this season and 38th last year when Martinsville was one of five races he ran in preparation for his inaugural full-time season of 2016.
Elliott has nine-career Truck Series starts, all coming in 2013 from behind the wheel of a truck owned by his now-Sprint Cup car owner, Rick Hendrick. He ran both truck races at Martinsville that season, finishing sixth and 20th. Overall, he has one win, five top-fives and seven top-10s in Camping World Truck Series competition.