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Chase Elliott Will Be Rookie Racer to Watch in 2014

Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Another of NASCAR‘s future stars is making his way up within the ranks, as Chase Elliott will be making his move into NASCAR racing full-time.

In 2014, Elliott will compete full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports in the No. 9 car. Joining Elliott in his new venture with JR Motorsports will be NAPA Auto Parts, as they will be Elliott’s primary sponsor.

After racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013 in select races, Elliott will be making his first attempt at the Nationwide Series. Not only is Elliott moving on to a new series, but he will also be eligible to race for rookie of the year honors.

Along with the Camping World Truck Series in 2013, Elliott also raced in the ARCA Series.

Now making the move into a new competitive level, Elliott will be the most recent alum of the NASCAR Next class to transition into full-time racing within the top three touring series.

Besides Elliott becoming one of the newer and fresh faces in the Nationwide Series in 2014, so will his sponsor, NAPA. After withdrawing their sponsorship in the Cup Series with Michael Waltrip Racing, NAPA Auto Parts will now be venturing in another series with one of the up and comers of the sport. Following their departure from MWR, it was unknown if NAPA would return as a sponsor.

As for Elliott, he won’t just be another fresh face in the series, he will be one driver to watch as the 2014 season progresses. Within the few select truck races he did in 2013, he showcased his talent and was among the top contenders within several races. With a full-time opportunity, he will be able to continue to show his abilities as well as continue to grow within his racing career.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy.