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Chase Elliott to take back the No. 9 in 2018 for Hendrick
Elliott No. 9
Gordon Pirkle poses with Bill Elliott’s 1976 Ford Torino No. 9 that Chase Elliott’s No. 24 was modeled after for the Darlington Southern 500 throwback weekend. Chase Elliott's car was unveiled at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in July. - photo by Amy French
The full and storied history of the No. 9 in NASCAR is no secret to its fans, but particularly to those in Dawson County and northeast Georgia. So when the Hendrick Motorsports announcement came last week that Chase Elliott would move from the No. 24 to the number so intimately linked to his dad, NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott, the excitement and support were immediate. “This was shocking,” said President of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and local historian Gordon Pirkle.