Chase Elliott of the number nine car in the Nationwide series race at Darlington this week wins his second in a row, back to back baby. Elliott made his move for the win on the white flag with one lap to go. This kid is an up and coming star in the NASCAR arena. His talent as a driver is much more advanced than would be thought considering his age. Elliott, born Nov. 28, 1995, yep that is right, he is 18 years old.
Elliot is a name most NASCAR fans know from his father, Bill Elliot. Elliot is in the JR Motorsports camp. Not a bad place to be for a young man. He has been with Hendricks Motorsports for four years now, racing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This young man has talent, no one can dispute that. He has had a career that most drivers would love to have and he is only 18 years old. How does this happen? Whatever the answer, the ones who will benefit for years to come are the fans. He has received accolades from Dale Earnhardt Jr which to any up and comer is a dream come true I am sure. Earnhardt has shown a trust by bringing Elliot into the JR Motorsport team. Earnhardt says Elliot is a humble and quiet person, knowing the position he is in he seems to be handling it with grace. Elliott in his 2013 Truck campaign found himself in the winner circle once with five top-five and six top ten finishes. Elliot completed his duties as a NASCAR driver in the regional tour and ARCA series. In 2011 Elliott had a breakout season in the K&N Pro Series East and late model races. In the late model Elliott was able to earn the national champion title with the Champion Racing Association in November.
Elliot has taken the Nationwide series by storm. His rookie year in the series has not been seen since Brett Bodine in 1985. Elliott won at Texas motor speedway last week in a convincing manner and came to Darlington to show he is here to compete. The win in Darlington puts Elliott in first place right ahead of Regan Smith of the seven car and Elliott Sadler in third in the 11 car. So far this season Chase Elliot has eight top ten finishes with one finish at NASCAR’s Daytona in the fifteenth spot, going back to back in his last two races.
Elliott and Kyle Larson of the 42 traded paint more than once this race. Larson who finished sixth in the race showed his skill in his exchanges with Elliott. Some masterful driving could be seen on Friday from both Elliott and Larson. Elliot underneath Larson bumped each other multiple times in turns two and three. The exchange put both teams on edge but Elliot came out of the exchange with the lead and fans came out with a new appreciation of his driving.
In the final laps of the race Elliot had a restart in position six. The team gave Elliot four new tires in the pits which turned out to be the winning decision. Elliot found himself in third almost immediately after the green flag behind Elliot Sadler and Matt Kenseth. Elliot was able to get underneath Matt Kenseth in a tight squeeze that only a fraction of a second would have closed off. Chasing Sadler, Elliott got behind and Sadler got lose giving Elliot the chance to take the outside at the white flag. Elliot went on to keep the lead and win the Darling race. Giving Chance Elliot his second win of the NASCAR Nationwide series goes back to back wins.
Commentary by Jabar Morarend