Dave Elenz

Learn more about the Crew Chief of the No. 9 Chevrolet

Name: 
Dave Elenz
Birth Date: 
March 14, 1981
Hometown: 
Gaylord, Mich.
Position: 
Crew Chief - No. 9 Chevrolet

Fresh off a championship-winning season with JR Motorsports’ No. 9 team, Dave Elenz will be back atop the pit box for the team in 2018. Although the role is a familiar one for Elenz, who is now in his fourth season with the organization, the lineup will feature new talent with driver Tyler Reddick.

The winningest crew chief in JRM history, Elenz is no stranger to guiding young drivers to success in Xfinity Series competition. In 2017, Elenz led then rookie William Byron to JRM’s second series championship, NXS Rookie of the Year honors and a JRM rookie-record four wins. Under Elenz’ tutelage the team claimed a series-leading 12 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.

Prior to his work with the No. 9 team, Elenz worked with multiple drivers on JRM’s “All Star” car, scoring four victories, 19 top-five and 41 top-10 finishes in two seasons of competition (2015-16).

A graduate of Clemson University, Elenz began his motorsports career at Jasper Racing in 2001. While there, he formed a bond with JRM competition director Ryan Pemberton. The duo also worked together at Ginn Racing from 2003-07 and Red Bull Racing Team from 2009-11.  At the latter, Elenz was a part of the organization’s first victory (Michigan 2009) and a berth in the 2009 Chase for the Cup as the lead engineer for Brian Vickers.

In 2012, Elenz transitioned into an engineering role on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 team at Hendrick Motorsports. That season, the team went to Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway and recorded 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.

Following an internal shuffle, Elenz moved to Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 team in 2013. Working alongside crew chief Chad Knaus, Elenz helped Johnson earn his sixth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in addition to 10 victories during his two years on the No. 48 team.

In 2014, Elenz took the next step in his professional career and joined JR Motorsports as a crew chief.

 

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • July 28 05:00 PM ET
    U.S. Cellular 250Iowa Speedway
  • August 4 03:30 PM ET
    Zippo 200Watkins Glen International
  • August 11 03:00 PM ET
    Mid-Ohio ChallengeMid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 17 07:30 PM ET
    Food City 300Bristol Motor Speedway
  • August 25 03:00 PM ET
    Road America 180Road America