LONG POND, Pa. — Present Chase Elliott with a challenge and it usually doesn’t take the 17-year-old racer long to overcome it.
Saturday at Pocono Raceway was no exception. Elliott, making his first ARCA Racing Series start of 2013, came from 32nd on the starting grid to win the Pocono ARCA 200. The victory was his first in ARCA competition and made him the youngest driver to win an ARCA superspeedway race.
“You definitely have to be careful around some of the lapped cars,” Elliott said about working his way through the pack. “This place is really fast and you catch them fast on the short tracks and this place is like you take that and times it by, I don’t know, 20 and that is about how fast you catch those guys.”
Lapped traffic didn’t appear to slow Elliott that much. He was up to third before lap 30 and by lap 60 Elliott was the race leader. Once he got to the front, there was simply no catching the Georgia native.
Elliott made a bit of family history with the victory Saturday at Pocono, joining his father Bill Elliott as a race winner at the historic 2.5-mile venue. Bill Elliott scored five victories in Sprint Cup competition at Pocono, with his last coming in 2002.