SUNENERGY1 DEBUTS AT CHARLOTTE: For the first time in the 2018 season, SunEnergy1, one of the world's largest privately held solar energy companies, will adorn the hood of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. This weekend's NASCAR Cup Series Open race will be the first of four races that SunEnergy1 will serve as the primary sponsor for Chase Elliott.
ALL-STAR HUNT: Elliott will attempt to qualify for his third NASCAR All-Star Race by first competing in the Open on Saturday. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native can lock his way into the main event by winning Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3 or by capturing the fan vote.
PREVIOUS OPEN RACES: Last season, Elliott participated in his third career Open but narrowly missed out on racing his way into the main event. Still, thanks to Elliott's loyal fan base, the 22-year-old driver has advanced to the All-Star Race in each of the past two seasons after being chosen as the fan vote winner.
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