MOORESVILLE, N.C. – JR Motorsports will reunite with one of its former champion drivers for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 16.
Chase Elliott, the reigning NMPA Most Popular Driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and winner of the 2014 Xfinity Series championship for JRM, has been tabbed to drive the No. 8 AfterShokz Chevrolet in the NASCAR Racing Experience 300.
“This is more than just putting a driver in a car,” said JRM general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “Chase is family to us and an integral part of our history. He helped kick start our run of championships back in 2014 and has driven our cars to victory in several prestigious events, including a win at Daytona in 2016. We jumped at the chance of having one of our own return for this race.”
AfterShokz, a headphone brand known for its patented bone-conduction technology and current partner of Elliott’s, will be featured on the No. 8 Chevrolet for the event.
“AfterShokz is thrilled for the opportunity to expand our personal partnership with Chase by sponsoring the car with the iconic No. 8 for its first race with JRM,” said AfterShokz COO Bill Kimball. “Daytona is gearing up to be a very big weekend for the AfterShokz brand.”
Elliott’s five career Xfinity Series victories have all come with JRM. Three of those wins came during his championship season of 2014, which featured many milestones, including his high school graduation and becoming the youngest driver to win a championship in any of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series.
That season, Elliott also took home Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the Xfinity Series.
In 2016, Elliott transitioned to Hendrick Motorsports to begin his full-time Cup Series career, but still competed in a handful of Xfinity Series races for JRM.
“I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel for JRM in Daytona,” Elliott said. “Kelley, Dale and the entire organization have been so great to work with over the years. We won this race back in 2016 and this year we’re looking to get back into victory lane with AfterShokz.”
Elliott will kick off the season in the No. 8 Chevrolet that will be piloted by a committee of drivers for the bulk of the year.
The list of drivers that will wheel the No. 8 includes Jeb Burton, team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., Spencer Gallagher, Ryan Preece, Zane Smith and Ryan Truex.