UniFirst is a primary sponsor of NASCAR’s four-time Most Popular Driver and 2020 Cup Series champion Chase Elliott© and the Hendrick Motorsports© No. 9 race team. UniFirst is also the official workwear provider for Hendrick Motorsports and sister company Hendrick Automotive Group, the largest privately held automotive retail organization in the United States.
The 2022 NASCAR season marks the sixth year of UniFirst's multi-year partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, and it’s the third year that the company will serve as a sponsor of Elliott and the No. 9 team. During the first two years with Chase, he piloted the UniFirst Chevy to five top-10 results and three top-five finishes, including a high-profile win (and a $1 million grand prize) at the midseason All-Star race in 2020. Chase capped off that season winning NASCAR’s Cup Series Championship, and he returned to the Championship 4 during the 2021 campaign. Chase also finished each of the past four seasons as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver (as voted by NASCAR fans).
The No. 9 UniFirst Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE will be hitting the pavement for two more NASCAR races during the 2022 season. The No. 9 UniFirst Chevy made its 2022 debut on March 13 at Phoenix Raceway. Chase led for 50 laps and finished second during the second stage of the race, leading to an 11th-place finish overall.
The new No. 9 UniFirst Chevy paint scheme will prominently feature the company’s distinctive signature green color and racing-inspired black and white contrasts. Refreshing and dynamic, the vibrant custom green designs are showcased throughout the exterior of the car. Elliott and the entire No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports race team will also sport fire suits that complement the new UniFirst car design and feature the company’s corporate color and logo.
In 2022, the newly designed “Next Gen” race cars have made their way onto the track for all NASCAR Cup Series teams. The UniFirst No. 9 has been upgraded to the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 design, which includes a number of visual and technological improvements. Aesthetically, the car features stylish new 18-inch aluminum wheels, a new aerodynamic hood, and a redesigned side skirt. Under the surface, NASCAR’s Next Gen car offers a new steel chassis, a reworked sequential transmission, a revised independent rear suspension, and an innovative refueling system. All together, they are the most noteworthy updates to NASCAR’s car designs in more than a decade.
To see the No. 9 UniFirst Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in action, tune in to the following races during the 2022 season:
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UniFirst will serve as an associate sponsor of the No. 9 for all other races throughout the 2022 season. Click here to see the latest NASCAR Cup Series standings.
Prior to his race at Phoenix Raceway last season, NASCAR's Most Popular Driver took time to answer questions from fans. Hear what Chase had to say in the video below.
UniFirst Racing Highlights
The UniFirst Chevrolet made its 2021 season debut on March 14 at Phoenix Raceway, the same track where Elliott clinched his 2020 Cup Series championship. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver put on a show during the UniFirst Chevy’s season debut, rallying to finish in fifth place.
The second appearance of the 2021 campaign came in May at Kansas Speedway, with Chase earning another fifth-place finish. The car’s final appearance was in August at Daytona International Speedway, with Elliott adding another top-10 finish to his impressive resume.
2020 was also a standout year for Chase, Hendrick Motorsports, and UniFirst Racing. Besides Chase’s iconic championship win, he piloted the UniFirst Chevy to an exciting first-place finish and the $1 million grand prize at the popular NASCAR All-Star Race. In a rare feat, Elliott joined his father, Bill Elliott, as winners of the annual event.
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Chase has been on the professional racing scene since he was featured in Sports Illustrated at just 13 years old. After joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2011, the young driver proceeded to make appearances in the stock car touring series, the NASCAR Truck Series, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Elliott made his official NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2015, and he earned the league’s Rookie of the Year award the following season.
Since then, Elliott has been one of the sport’s most recognizable faces, and he’s backed up his popularity with consistent showings on the track:
- 2017: Ranked 5th, 12 top-five finishes, 560 laps led
- 2018: Ranked 6th, 3 wins, 11 top-five finishes, 325 laps led
- 2019: Ranked 10th, 3 wins, 11 top-five finishes, 601 laps led
- 2020: Ranked 1st, 5 wins, 15 top-five finishes, 1,247 laps led
- 2021: Ranked 4th, 2 wins, 15 top-five finishes, 952 laps led
Elliott also earned the coveted “Most Popular Driver” award in each of the past four years, replacing 15-time winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.