Chase Elliott is a 17-year old driver with a legendary last name. Yeah, he’s definitely getting places, that’s for sure. The son of 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Bill Elliott, is moving up the NASCAR rankings at a steady pace.
Elliott, who signed a development contract with Hendrick Motorsports in 2011, is headed for the big time. After finishing inside of the top-10 within the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point standings, Elliott will be making the move to a part-time schedule in the ARCA Series along with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Then 16-years old, Elliott won his first NASCAR event at Iowa during the fourth race of the K&N Pro Series East schedule with former Dale Earnhardt Jr. Crew Chief, Lance McGrew, at the top of the pit box. He also raced in six ARCA races during the 2012 season with a best finish of second at the New Jersey Motorsports Park which shows he has the ability to compete well at road courses.
For the 2013 season, Elliott will race in nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events with five ARCA races. Elliott will make his debut in the No. 94 Chevrolet Silverado at the Martinsville Speedway on April 6. The number was his father’s number when he drove for his own team from 1995 until He will also race at Rockingham, Dover, Iowa, Bristol, the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park as well as Phoenix. His ARCA season debut will come in June at the Pocono raceway, which will give him experience at a 2.5 mile track which he has never been to.
The Georgia native will also run races at Road America, the New Jersey Motorsports Park and Kentucky. The truck will be leased from Turner-Scott Motorsports but will be under the Hendrick Motorsports banner.
His highly anticipated debut could mark a new era for Hendrick Motorsports as Elliott could be team owner, Rick Hendrick’s, idea of a replacement for Jeff Gordon once the four-time Sprint Cup Series champion retires.
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