CONCORD, N.C. – In each of the last three seasons, Chase Elliott has won at least one race during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
First came a trip to Victory Lane in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener in 2016. He followed that up with back-to-back Duel victories in 2017 and 2018.
It marks the longest active Speedweeks winning streak in NASCAR. Now, he has an extra race on the schedule this year to extend that streak.
Thursday, JR Motorsports announced that Elliott will pilot the iconic No. 8 Chevrolet for its company debut in the Xfinity Series season-opener at Daytona.
“I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel for JRM in Daytona,” Elliott said. “Kelley (Earnhardt Miller), Dale (Earnhardt Jr.) and the entire organization have been so great to work with over the years.”
In his career, Elliott has captured five Xfinity Series wins, all of which have come with JR Motorsports. He earned three in a 2014 season in which he ultimately took home the series championship, becoming the youngest champion in any NASCAR national touring series in the process.
Elliott will have a busy Speedweeks this year, as on Sunday, Feb. 10, he’ll take part in Daytona 500 qualifying before competing in The Clash, the season-opening exhibition for which he and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman are eligible.
From there, he’ll take part in a Duel race on Thursday, Feb. 14, then qualify for and compete in the Xfinity season-opener on Saturday, Feb. 16, before the festivities culminate with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17, on FOX.
The Feb. 16 Xfinity race will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio with a green-flag time of 2:30 p.m. ET.
“We won this race back in 2016,” Elliott said, “and this year we’re looking to get back into Victory Lane.”