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 returns to the No. 9 pit box for his fourth full-time season as crew chief for JR Motorsports and second with driver Noah Gragson. The 38-year-old crew chief is fresh off a year in which he and Gragson posted nine top fives and 22 top 10s.

Tied as the winningest crew chief in JRM history with 10 triumphs, 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 of 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

  • July 18 03:00 PM ET
    My Bariatric Solutions 300Texas Motor Speedway
  • July 25 05:00 PM ET
    Kansas 250Kansas Speedway
  • August 8 03:00 PM ET
    Henry 180Road America
  • August 15 03:00 PM ET
    Daytona 250Daytona International Speedway
  • August 22 04:00 PM ET
    NXS 200 at DoverDover International Speedway