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 17-year-old Elliott notably has won in 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 third year of his partnership with 10-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Hendrick Motorsports, Elliott is competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series with crew chief Lance McGrew at the helm.
The Dawsonville, Ga., native is off to a strong start behind the wheel of the No. 94 Chevrolet Silverado. His rookie debut ranks tied for the best for a true NASCAR national series rookie in Camping World Truck Series history (5.0 average in his first three starts). Elliott opened his 2013 Truck campaign with five top-10 finishes in his first five starts. He recently became the youngest pole winner in Truck history when he claimed the No. 1 starting spot at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 22.
The young driver has five ARCA Racing Series events on his 2013 schedule, and he made headlines in the first one. On June 8, Elliott led 21 laps and won the ARCA event at Pocono Raceway. With the victory, Elliott became the youngest superspeedway winner in series history. Elliott has averaged a 4.2 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.
Elliott transitioned to the Camping World Truck Series after 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 to date 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. Being a fan favorite was also something his father exceled in, as Bill Elliott was awarded the honor a record 16 times on the Sprint Cup level.
In addition to K&N Pro Series East action, Chase 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’s skill on the track hasn’t gone unnoticed and his two Most Popular Driver awards aren’t the only compliments Elliott has received in his young racing career. In April 2011, he was recognized as Sports Illustrated’s High School Player of the Week. In December 2011, Elliott was voted by fans as ESPN Magazine’s “NEXT” racer, which highlighted up-and-coming young athletes that ESPN considers on the cusp of stardom. Most recently, Elliott was named one of the NASCAR drivers 25 and under to watch in 2012 by FOXSports.com.
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