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Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA announce two-year extension

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One of NASCAR’s fastest rising young guns is getting additional sponsorship for both the present and the future.

Hendrick Motorsports and NAPA Auto Parts have agreed to a two-year extension through 2020 in a deal that also increases NAPA’s number of races as a primary sponsor in 2018 for the No. 9 Chevrolet of Chase Elliott.

NAPA will now sponsor 26 races for Elliott from 2018-20, including all three Daytona 500s during that span.

“The relationship with NAPA has been a major part of my career starting in 2014,” Elliott said in a team release. “Their support has been huge for me, and I’m very thankful for what they’ve done for our whole team at Hendrick Motorsports. … I’m proud to represent all of those folks and look forward to having them part of our No. 9 team for many more years.”

Tuesday’s news comes on the heels of Elliott finishing fifth in the final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings last year, his second full-time season with Hendrick Motorsports. Driving the No. 24 from 2016-17, Elliott logged 22 top-five and 38 top-10 finishes, to go along with three poles.

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He transitioned into the No. 9 in the offseason as homage to his father, Bill Elliott.

NAPA first sponsored Elliott in the Xfinity Series in 2014, when the then-teenager drove to a series championship for JR Motorsports.

“NAPA made an incredible commitment early on in Chase’s career, and that has only grown over the years,” team owner Rick Hendrick said in a release. ” … The No. 9 team and all of us at Hendrick Motorsports are dedicated to NAPA’s success, and we look forward to working together and continuing to deliver in every aspect of our program.”

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