TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
OCTOBER 13, 2019
CATCHING UP WIITH CHEVROLET CONTENDERS
Four Chevrolet drivers are among the 12 that remain in contention for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship after four of 10 playoff races. Heading into Round 5, here is a look at their start/finish in the last race – on the 1-mile Dover International Speedway oval – the April 2019 and October 2018 Playoff race at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway oval:
* Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1
At Dover: Start 5, Finish 38 At Talladega (April 28): qualified 11, finish 1
At Talladega (2018): qualified 5, finish 31
* Kyle Larson, No. 42 McDonald’s Camaro ZL1
At Dover: Start 2, Finish 1 At Talladega (April 28): qualified 10, finish 24
At Talladega (2018): qualified 34, finish 11
* Alex Bowman, No. 88 Nationwide/Amazon Echo Auto Camaro ZL1
At Dover: Start 12, Finish 3 At Talladega (April 28): qualified 9, finish 2
At Talladega (2018): qualified 7, finish 33
* William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL1
At Dover: Start 6, Finish 13 At Talladega (April 28): qualified 25, finish 21
At Talladega (2018): qualified 8, finish 20
BOWMAN: A GREAT STORY OF THE PLAYOFFS
Alex Bowman finished second and third in the races at the “Monster Mile” this year. In the trips earlier this season to Talladega Superspeedway and the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway oval, the next races in Round 2 of the Playoffs, Bowman scored runner-up finishes.
“We have two more weeks in this round to get it done,” Bowman said of advancing to the Round of 8.
STANDING TALL AT THE CENTURY MARK
Kyle Larson’s victory at Dover International Speedway was the latest by a Chevrolet driver in the 100th MENCS race at a track. Others include:
Chase Elliott – Talladega Superspeedway; April 28, 2019
Jeff Burton – Charlotte Motor Speedway; October 11, 2008
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Richmond Raceway; May 6, 2006
Jimmie Johnson – Darlington Raceway; March 21, 2004
Jeff Gordon – Daytona International Speedway; February 16, 1997
TAKING IT STAGE BY STAGE
Chase Elliott leads Team Chevy drivers with 214 stage bonus points, which includes five stage wins, 20 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes. Kyle Larson also has five stage wins, along with 16 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes for 199 points. William Byron (1), Kurt Busch (3), Jimmie Johnson (1), Austin Dillon (2), and Ty Dillon (2) have also contributed stage wins.
COMMEMORATING EARNHARDT’S SUCCESS IN CHEVY MONTE CARLO
Longtime Chevrolet ambassador Dale Earnhardt holds Talladega Superspeedway records for wins (10), top-five finishes (23), top-10s (27) and laps led (1,377) in 44 starts. Fellow Hall of Famer and Chevrolet team owner Richard Childress, who began his MENCS career in 1969 at the track’s grand-opening weekend, will lead the field to the green flag in the black No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that Earnhardt drove to his 76th and final victory in October 2000 at the Superspeedway. Career Chevrolet drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon are next on list with six wins at the track.
CHEVY DRIVES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
This October, Chevrolet and General Motors will support the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative for the ninth consecutive year. Nationwide, dealers, employees, customers and loved ones will join forces to raise breast cancer awareness and make a difference for those affected.
This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Chevrolet is hosting breast cancer survivors and their guests on Saturday morning, October 12th, providing hot laps in pink Camaro ZL1 pace cars around the 2.66-mile track with Chevy drivers Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon. They will also be treated to a breakfast hospitality experience complete with a unique activity, a driver question-and-answer session, autographs, photos, and tickets to the race.
NBC will telecast the 188-lap race live at 2 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 13. The NBCSports Gold app will stream the race and live coverage can also be found on MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
BY THE NUMBERS:
* Victories by current Chevrolet drivers at Talladega Superspeedway:
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1, has two wins (May 2006, April 2011)
Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1, has one win (April 2019)
*Chevrolet has won 41 of the 100 races at Talladega Superspeedway to lead all manufacturers.
* Johnson needs one win to tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip (84) for fourth on the all-time list.
*Johnson leads active drivers with 470 laps led in 35 starts at Talladega Superspeedway.
* Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Camaro ZL1, leads active drivers with 20 top-10 finishes in 37 starts at Talladega Superspeedway.
* Busch, with an average finish of 15.8 in the October race at Talladega, leads active drivers with 11,309 green flag passes and 3,691 laps in the top 15 (66.9%).
* Team Chevy drivers have earned 13 pole starts this season, led by William Byron with five.
* William Byron, No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL1, is second with 99.69% (8,351 of 8,377) laps completed this season. Byron has been running at the finish in the past 29 races.
* With 160 laps led at Dover, Chevrolet surpassed 23,400 in its MENCS history.
* Chevrolet has won 39 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Championships.
Chevrolet will be pacing the field at Talladega Superspeedway, with a T1 Silverado leading the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in the Sugarlands Shine 250, and a Pink Camaro ZL1 leading the NASCAR Monster Energy Series in the 1000Bulbs.com 500.