Dave Elenz named crew chief for Erik Jones, No. 43 team

Richard Petty Motorsports revealed Wednesday that Dave Elenz will sign up with the company as team chief for Erik Jones and the No. 43 group next season in the NASCAR Cup Series.

2022 will be Elenz’s very first full-time season as a Cup team chief. He signs up with RPM from Xfinity Series group JR Motorsports, where he won 2 series titles with present Cup motorists William Byron (2017) and Tyler Reddick (2018).

Elenz worked with Noah Gragson for the previous 3 seasons and directed him to his very first Xfinity Champion 4 look this season. Gragson is remaining at JR Motorsports for 2022.

“In 2001, when I started in NASCAR, my goal was to contend for a NASCAR Cup Series championship-title as a crew chief,” Elenz stated in an RPM release. “The past seven years at JR Motorsports has prepared me for the next chapter in my career. Working with champion-caliber drivers like William (Byron), Tyler (Reddick), and Noah (Gragson) has not only fueled my desire to move up to the next level, but has also prepared me to the fullest for that next step.”

“I appreciate Noah’s support and encouragement on this decision. I have immense gratitude for everyone at JR Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports and their continued support over the years. I cannot thank them enough. I am excited to start my next chapter with Erik (Jones) and Richard Petty Motorsports.”

Prior to Elenz signed up with JR Motorsports as a team chief in 2015, he worked as an engineer at Hendrick Motorsports. While working under team chief Chad Knaus, Elenz was an engineer on Jimmie Johnson’s Cup championship-winning No. 48 group in 2013.

Elenz changes Jerry Baxter, who worked as the No. 43 group’s team chief for the previous 2 seasons. Baxter worked with motorists Bubba Wallace in 2020 and Erik Jones this season.

In his very first season with RPM, Jones made 6 top-10 surfaces and completed 24th in Cup points. His finest surface was seventh at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway roadway course.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.