Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series star Chase Elliott will return to the XFINITY Series, driving the No. 23 car for GMS Racing in multiple races starting this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the team announced Monday (May 21).
In addition to Charlotte, his current scheduled races are Pocono Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, with more potentially to be announced at a later date.
Hooters will be the primary sponsor on the car this weekend at Charlotte.
Elliott’s role in the No. 23 comes due to the absence of the team’s regular driver, Spencer Gallagher, who was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR on May 2 after failing a drug test. Gallagher captured his first career win just four days before being suspended at Talladega Superspeedway.
This is not the first time Elliott has driven for GMS Racing. In 2017, he drove two races for the team in the Camping World Truck Series, capturing the win at Martinsville Speedway and finishing fifth at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“I appreciate GMS letting me get behind the wheel of the No. 23,” Elliott said in a team release. “I’m excited to have Hooters on the car for Charlotte. It’s a big week for them, and I look forward to representing them in a new way on the XFINITY side.”
Elliott has an XFINITY championship under his belt in 2014 driving for JR Motorsports, along with five career wins in the series in 73 starts. His most recent win came in the season opening race at Daytona in 2016, driving the No. 88 for JRM.
He has one start in the series this season, finishing 12th at Daytona.
Elliott is 15th in Cup points entering Charlotte with three top fives and five top 10s in 12 starts.