Dave Elenz

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

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

Fresh off of back-to-back NASCAR Xfinity Series championship seasons with JR Motorsports, Dave Elenz will once again be back atop the pit box for 2019 as crew chief for rookie driver Noah Gragson and the No. 9 JRM Chevrolet. This marks the third consecutive season that Elenz will be paired with a rookie driver heading into an NXS campaign.

The winningest crew chief in JRM history, 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, 19 top-five and 41 top-10 finishes in his two 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 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.

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