2020 Champion Chase Elliott said that his interim spotter Trey Poole is doing a great job after coming into the team recently.
Elliot’s original spotter, Edward James D’Hondt has been suspended by NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports who was arrested earlier in May in Catawba County. He was charged with battery of an unborn baby and assaulting a lady.
Since taking over as a temporary spotter, Poole has helped Elliott to two consecutive second-place finishes in the Cup races and a third-place finish in the All-Star Race. Speaking about his new spotter, Elliott said:
“Everything’s been going really well. I think he’s doing a really good job. To be thrown into that situation and not have a ton of experience, I think he’s done really well. He’s done all that we could ever ask of him.”
It is not yet sure whether Poole will have a permanent position as the No.9’s spotter or it’s just a temporary job.
The defending champion is having a good season with one win and eight top-five finishes so far this season. If not for his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson, Elliott would have more wins as he finished second to Larson in two consecutive races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Sonorama respectively.