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

Dave Elenz will once again be atop the No. 9 pit box as he begins his fifth full-time season as crew chief for JR Motorsports and third with driver Noah Gragson. The 39-year-old crew chief is coming off a year in which he and Gragson posted career-high numbers in wins (two), top fives (17) and top 10s (25). The pairing paced the field for a total of 622 laps en route to a fifth-place finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings.

The 2019 campaign marked the second season with the Gragson/Elenz duo in which the two led the No. 9 team to an eighth-place finish in the championship standings on the strength of nine top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.

Elenz is the second winningest crew chief in JRM history with 12 triumphs, just one behind cohort Jason Burdett with 13. Elenz is no stranger to guiding young drivers to success in NXS 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’s tutelage the team claimed a series-leading 12 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.

The Gaylord, Mich. native followed up that performance in 2018 with a second consecutive NXS championship and third overall for JRM with rookie driver Tyler Reddick. Together, Reddick and Elenz earned two wins, seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes en route to the championship.

Overall, Elenz has recorded a combined six wins, 28 top-five and 63 top-10 finishes in his three seasons as the crew chief for full-time rookie drivers.

Prior to the 2017 season, 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 reorganization, 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 Cup Series Championship in addition to 10 victories during his two years on the No. 48 team.

For the 2015 season, Elenz took the next step in his professional career and joined JRM as a crew chief.

 

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • March 6 04:30 PM ET
    Alsco Uniforms 300Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • March 13 05:30 PM ET
    Call 811 Before You Dig 200Phoenix Raceway
  • March 20 05:00 PM ET
    EchoPark 250Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • April 9 08:00 PM ET
    Martinsville Speedway
  • April 24 04:00 PM ET
    Talladega Superspeedway