Chase Elliott Has A Date With The Lady In Blackby Hunter Thomas April 12, 2014
DARLINGTON, SC – In only his seventh career NASCAR Nationwide Series start, Chase Elliott won the for the second weekend in a row when he took the checkered flag in Friday’s VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.
Chase Elliott who’s only 18 years, 4 months and 14 days old, started second on Friday night. He led on three different occasions for 52 laps, and the entire time, the fans were going crazy. His father, Bill Elliott is a five-time winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington Raceway. Chase Elliott from Dawsonville, Ga. became the fourth driver to win in his first national series race at Darlington Raceway, the first since 1952.
“I don’t know if we ever expected to be able to come and win races at least this fast,” Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro said. “I feel like at least for me, our team is capable of doing it. Greg and the guys that he has assembled have won races in the past and know how to get the job done. It’s kind of just up to me to do my job right on and off the racetrack, give them the information they need to make these cars go fast.”
Elliott who’s still in high school became the youngest NASCAR Nationwide Series driver to not only win two races but also to win at the track “Too Tough To Tame”. Joey Logano held the previous record of the youngest driver to win two races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He was 18 years, 10 months and 18 days old.
“I think it’s important to finish up school and not just blow those last four weeks of high school off,” Elliott said. “Those are times you’re not going to get back, so I’m just trying to enjoy that, but at the same time I get to do what I love to do on the weekends, and I couldn’t be happier about what I get to do when I leave school because this is what I’ve always wanted to do and what I love to be a part of.”
During green flag racing, Elliott never dropped out the top-10 and stayed steady within the top-five for the majority of the night. In the closing laps, it appeared as if Kyle Busch was going to easily run away with the victory, but with only seven laps to go, Tanner Berryhill spun coming off turn four.
After drivers hit pit road, the field went back to green on lap 145. Kyle Larson and Elliott Sadler led the field to the green flag, while Chase Elliott was mired back in the sixth position. Traveling on the outside groove, Elliott was able to drive past Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. As the field exited turn two for the last time, Elliott pulled right up behind Sadler and got him aero loose enough to pull alongside while going down the backstretch.
“I was going to try and get up under Elliott off of two, and he got a little loose, and I got pretty close to him and was able to get to his outside which is kind of where I wanted to be anyway,” Chase Elliott said. “Was able to get through three and four and won.”
Through turn three, Elliott and Sadler were side-by-side, and by the time the field reached turn four, Chase Elliott had a commanding lead to take the checkered flag. As Elliott burned his tires on the frontstretch, nearly everyone in the grandstands went crazy.
The VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 saw seven cautions and six different leaders. Kyle Busch led the most laps after leading four different times for 84 laps.
Chase Elliott currently leads the championship points standing by 13 over JR Motorsports teammate, Regan Smith. Elliott Sadler (-20) is third, followed by Ty Dillon (-23) and Trevor Bayne (-30).
Up next on the schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is the Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Speedway on Friday, April 25.