At just 18 years of age, Chase Elliott’s talent behind the wheel is impeccable. Son of racing legend Bill Elliott, he has grown up in and around racing, and he has the tenacity and skills to show for it.
Ina race dominated by Sprint Cup Series regulars, Elliott was racing nose to tail with them for 200 laps. It was only his third start in the Nationwide Series and his first appearance at the track, but his fifth place result is something that fans and drivers will be talking about long after the confetti falls.
Racing with race winner Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson and JR Motorsports owner and teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliott ran in the top-10 for most of the day. His No.9 NAPA Chevrolet was fast from the start of the weekend and that allowed him to focus on running the best line possible around the track. His fifth place finish was the highest of the Rookie class.
“I’m really happy with the run we had, but at the same time there’s some things I learned what not to do,” Elliott said. “Restarting outside the front row with Brad (Keselowski), he took me to school there and he taught me a lesson. You just have to put that in the memory bank.
“I feel like we were capable of running with those guys, I don’t know if we had it took to win the race,” he said. “I feel our car was capable of being in the top 5 and we came home fifth, so not a terrible day.”
Elliott has been turning heads along with his steering wheel this season and at just 18 years old, he has a lot of racing and learning to do. Don’t be surprised to see this young driver in Victory Lane this season.