Son of former Cup champion Bill Elliott is turning heads as 18-year-old Nationwide driver
By: Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press on April 5, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Chase Elliott scored his initial NASCAR Nationwide Series win on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
Bill Elliott rarely acquired rattled for the duration of his 3-plus decades racing at NASCAR’;s highest degree. He worked tough, did not worry about what was going on close to him, and did his speaking on the track.
He was “Amazing Bill From Dawonsville” and fans idolized the way Elliott carried out himself the 2 inside the auto and out.
Now, 11 many years soon after his final complete-time season, there’;s one more Elliott turning heads for the very exact same reasons.
Chase Elliott scored his 1st occupation Nationwide Series victory on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, winning in just his sixth commence at NASCAR’;s junior varsity level. He is the 2nd-youngest winner in series history, clocking in at roughly 4 months older than record-holder Joey Logano, who was 18 years and 21 months when he won in 2008.
They called Logano “Sliced Bread” at the time, as in, “he’;s the up coming best issue since …”
Chase Elliott isn’;t going to need a nickname. He is simply the long term of NASCAR, and it truly is a role automobile co-proprietor Dale Earnhardt Jr. believes Elliott can handle.
“He is just really humble, but quite comprehending of what’;s occurring to him,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “He grew up with his father as a racer and noticed how popular Bill was and I am sure has been in and close to conditions the place he is not going to be overwhelmed with the consideration. He’;s actually targeted on his racing and trying to do nicely. He’;s young, doesn’;t have a whole lot of distractions, and, you know, got a excellent family members unit so he must be in good hands.”
As Earnhardt lauded the JR Motorsports rookie, praising Elliott’;s maturity, calm demeanor, and eagerness to listen and find out, he was asked if the youthful driver reminds him of anyone else.
“His daddy,” Earnhardt explained. “They are related in character. You had to actually perform him above to get him upset. He was usually just concerned with his automobile, receiving his car faster, and, you know, back in the mid ’;80s when Bill and his brothers just focused on what they have been performing and they would show up and whoop everybody, you know, and they weren’;t arrogant and cocky, they just showed up and ran. Which is what he reminds me of.”
Chase Elliott, who had a brief window to celebrate the win ahead of he had to head back to the puppy days of his senior year of substantial college in Georgia, things growing up in racing has stored him down to earth in the course of his fast rise to NASCAR’;s national level.
“Which is just sort of how I have grown up and I don’;t know if that is the correct or incorrect way to be, but that is how I am and hopefully it will operate out,” he explained.
And regardless of the easygoing nature he exudes, he insists he is acquired a substantial-level of power and excitement that rivals any other teenager.
“Winning races gets me enthusiastic,” he explained even though donning the standard Texas race-winners cowboy hat. “Hopefully I can do far more of that and I will be more excited in the future.”
Which is Earnhardt’;s hope for Elliott and Regan Smith, the 2 total-time drivers for JR Motorsports.
Elliott’;s win on Friday night gave him a 2-point lead over Smith in the Nationwide Series standings, and which is the place Earnhardt would like his drivers to remain.
Smith led the factors for 10 consecutive weeks final season ahead of in the end finishing third in the ultimate standings.
“We want to win a championship so bad this year,” Earnhardt said. “We feel like we discovered a great deal final yr going via that method with Regan, and now we have 2 teams that are really capable of getting the job carried out. If everyone keeps their head on straight, let us everyone else — all the drivers in the series make all their problems — we should be in a position to be in a good circumstance when we get to Homestead.”
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