“I autographed a picture earlier today from the last time I was in victory lane here in ’02 and Chase was about this big,” Bill Elliott said as he used his hand to describe his son’s height at the time. “Now, 10 years later, here he is in victory lane himself in an ARCA car. He did a great job.”
Chase Elliott has been rising through the ranks quickly, winning races regularly along the way. A developmental driver for Hendrick Motorsports, Elliott has made three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with a best finish of fourth at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway.
With plans to enter a few more Truck Series and ARCA events throughout the year, it is safe to assume the younger Elliott will find his way back to victory lane before the season concludes. At the end of the day, the goal for Elliott is to gain as much experience as possible on as many different tracks as possible.
“Anytime you can come to a Sprint Cup track or Nationwide track or track you race trucks on, anything you can do to get more laps around that speedway is going to do nothing but help you down the road if an opportunity does come your way,” Elliott said. “To be able to come here in the ARCA Racing Series was a lot of fun today and the biggest thing is that it just kind of opened up a big door for us to do something different this year as well as the Truck Series too. To be able to come to Pocono and Kentucky is two huge doors that were slammed shut not long ago. That helped me a lot and I think that will help a lot down the line too.”