By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor
With their primary driver suspended for the foreseeable future, GMS Racing has had to turn to others in the NASCAR garage to substitute drive their No. 23 entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series until Spencer Gallagher is able to return.
After Johnny Sauter piloted the car at Dover two weeks ago, the team has elected to put Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Chase Elliott in the car this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and in a handful of other races throughout the rest of the summer.
Hooters, which sponsors Elliott’s No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports in the Cup Series, will also serve as the sponsor for the GMS Racing entry in Saturday’s Alsco 300.
“I appreciate GMS letting me get behind the wheel of the No. 23,” said Elliott. “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.”
In addition to Charlotte, Elliott will also drive the car at Pocono (June 2), Chicagoland (June 30), Daytona (July 6), and Bristol (August 17).
Elliott has driven for GMS Racing in the past, piloting one of their trucks to a win and a top-five finish last season.
The 22-year old Dawsonville, Georgia native also has vast experience in the Xfinity Series, scoring five wins, 31 top-five finishes, 59 top-10 finishes, two poles, and the 2014 series championship in 73 starts. His last Xfinity start came in the season opener at Daytona, where he finished 12th.