In a surprise move, Elliott’s car will be backed by NAPA Auto Parts, which had previously indicated its intention to withdraw from NASCAR after splitting with Michael Waltrip Racing in the wake of the team orders scandal at last year’s Richmond race.
“I just couldn’t be any more excited and any more fortunate,” Elliott said. “I feel it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and this is my chance to do what I love to do and make the most of it.”
Elliott became the youngest-ever Truck Series race winner with his win at Mosport last September, although his record stood for just two months before being broken by Erik Jones. His car (BELOW) will carry No. 9 for his debut Nationwide season, the same number that his father carried during his career.