2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Phoenix

 

Birth date: Nov. 28, 1995

Hometown: Dawsonville, Ga.

Hobbies: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, riding dirt bikes, avid aviation enthusiast – Chase is currently working on cross country training for his pilot’s license.  Follows the Atlanta Braves and University of Georgia Bulldogs football. Chase’s aggressive fitness training and healthy eating style are synonymous with his focus on racing and his lifestyle.

 

Elliott has been a name prominently featured in NASCAR for more than 35 years, and Chase Elliott is doing his part to keep it in the conversation. The 18-year-old Elliott notably has won in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, of which he has been elected as the fan favorite in 2011 and 2012.

Now in the fourth year of his partnership with 10-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Hendrick Motorsports and in his first season with JR Motorsports, Elliott is competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with crew chief Greg Ives in the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro.

Last year, Chase Elliott, son of 1988 NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, started the 2013 season on a strong note. Elliott’s rookie debut is the best for a true NASCAR national series rookie since Brett Bodine entered the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 1985 (5.0 average in his first five starts). In his first seven races in the NCWTS, Elliott earned one win, five top-five finishes and six top-10s in his 2013 Truck campaign. He became the youngest pole winner in Camping World Truck Series history when he claimed the No. 1 starting spot at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 22. He followed up this milestone by becoming the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series during the Truck Series’ inaugural trip to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sept. 1.

With five ARCA Racing Series events in 2013 schedule, Elliott also made headlines in his season-opener. On June 8, Elliott led 21 laps on his way to win the ARCA event at Pocono Raceway and become the youngest superspeedway winner in series history. Elliott has averaged a 4.2 ARCA finish on the strength of one win, three top-five finishes and four top-10s in four starts behind the wheel of the No. 9 Chevrolet.

Prior to his 2013 run, Elliott posted a strong season of firsts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. During the 2012 season, he captured his first career NASCAR victory on May 19 when he took the checkered flag in the K&N Pro Series East-West combination event at Iowa Speedway. Elliott followed that performance by becoming the series’ youngest pole winner at the time when he took the top qualifying spot at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. At the conclusion of the 14-race season, Elliott tallied six top-five finishes, nine top-10s and was chosen again by fans as the K&N Pro Series East Most Popular Driver; an award he also won in 2011.

In addition to K&N Pro Series East action, Elliott also strengthened his racing resume in 2012 by adding six ARCA Racing Series events to his schedule. The young driver never finished outside the top 10 and also posted three top-five finishes, notably finishing second in his first road course event at New Jersey Motorsports Park in July. Adding another first in 2012, Elliott earned his first ARCA career pole at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on Sept. 15. He concluded 2012 with three top-five finishes and six top-10s in his first season.

Elliott complemented his driving duties in the NASCAR regional touring and ARCA series events in 2012 by competing in 17 late model races. He posted nine wins, 14 top-five finishes, 16 top-10s and earned five pole positions.

The 2011 season proved to be a breakout one for Elliott, who made his fulltime debut in the K&N Pro Series East, while juggling 23 late model events. He earned three top-five finishes and six top-10s in the 12-race K&N Pro Series East season, and concluded the year in late models with seven wins, 19 top-five finishes and 19 top-10s. Two of Elliott’s seven late model wins were particularly notable. He earned the national champion title in super late models with the Champion Racing Association (a division of ARCA) in November and followed that up by winning the prestigious Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Fla., in December. During the 300-lap Snowball event, Elliott bested Cup-level talent to become the youngest winner in the event’s history.

Elliott has earned many accolades off the track as well. In April 2011, he was recognized as Sports Illustrated’s High School Player of the Week. Later that year in December, Elliott was voted by fans as ESPN the Magazine’s “NEXT” racer, which highlighted up-and-coming young athletes that ESPN considers on the cusp of stardom. In 2012, he was named one of the NASCAR drivers 25 and under to watch by FOXSports.com.