Chase Elliott

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Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott 2014 Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.jpg
Elliott at Road America in 2014
Born (1995-11-28) November 28, 1995 (age 19)
Dawsonville, Georgia, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Achievements 2010 Winchester 400 Winner
2011 Snowball Derby Winner
2012 World Crown 300 Winner
2013 All American 400 Winner
2014 Nationwide Series Champion
Awards 2014 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
2014 Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
Car no., team No. 25 (Hendrick Motorsports)
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
34 races run over 2 years
Car no., team No. 9 (JR Motorsports)
2014 position 1st
Best finish 1st (2014)
First race 2014 DRIVE4COPD 300 (Daytona)
Last race 2015 Alert Today Florida 300 (Daytona)
First win 2014 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Texas)
Last win 2014 300 (Joliet)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 26 2
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
9 races run over 1 year
2013 position 22nd
Best finish 22nd (2013)
First race 2013 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race 2013 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
First win 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 250 (Mosport)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 7 1
Statistics current as of February 21, 2015.

William Clyde Elliott II, known as Chase Elliott (born November 28, 1995 in Dawsonville, Georgia), is an American stock car racing driver. A development driver for Hendrick Motorsports, he currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports. He is the son of 1988 Winston Cup Series champion Bill Elliott. He now drives part time in the Sprint Cup Series driving the #25 NAPA Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports. In 2016, he will take over the #24 Chevrolet SS (currently driven by Jeff Gordon) for Hendrick Motorsports.

Elliott won the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, the first rookie to win a NASCAR national series championship.


Elliott's K&N Pro Series East car at Rockingham in 2012

Elliott raced in 40 races in various series in 2010, winning twelve events over the course of the year and finishing in the top ten 38 times.[1] It was the third season of his racing career, and he won the Blizzard Series, Miller Lite and Gulf Coast championship en route to being named the Georgia Asphalt Pro Late Model Series Rookie of the Year.[1] He ended the season by winning the Winchester 400.[1]

Elliott signed a three-year driver development contract with Hendrick Motorsports in February 2011.[1][2] Sports Illustrated named Elliott as the high school player of the week on the week of April 2011.[1] He competed in the K&N Pro Series East in 2011, finishing 9th in series points; in addition, he competed in the Champion Racing Association, winning the series' National Super Late Model championship.[3] Later that year, just after his sixteenth birthday, he won the Snowball Derby and became the race's youngest winner.[4] He beat the second place driver, DJ Vanderley, by a record 0.229 seconds.[5]

Elliott returned to the K&N Pro Series East in 2012,[3] winning his first career race in the series at Iowa Speedway in May.[6] He finished fourth in series points. After the year he won the Alan Turner Snowflake 100, prelude to the prestigious Snowball Derby, for the second time in three years.[7]

Elliott's 2013 ARCA car at Road America

In January 2013, it was announced that Elliott would compete in five ARCA Racing Series and nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events for Hendrick Motorsports during the 2013 racing season, driving in the latter series using trucks prepared by Turner Scott Motorsports.[8] On June 8, 2013, Elliott became the youngest winner in ARCA history following his Pocono Raceway victory.[9] In qualifying for the UNOH 200 Truck race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Elliott won his first career NASCAR pole position with a lap speed of 125.183 miles per hour (201.463 km/h), and became the youngest pole-sitter in Truck Series history.[10] Elliott would win his first race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in the first road course truck race outside the US; he was at the time the youngest winner in Truck Series history, at the age of 17 years, 9 months, and 4 days.[11][N 1] The win was however controversial as Elliott made contact with leader Ty Dillon in the last corner. Dillon hit the tire barrier while Elliott went into the grass though recovered enough to be able to coast to the finish line ahead of Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Chad Hackenbracht.[13] Dillon afterwards stated that the next time they raced each other "he won't finish the race";[13] later Elliott stated he had attempted to apologize to Dillon but without any response.[14] The following week at Iowa Speedway, Elliott cut down a tire early in the race and crashed without involvement from Dillon.[15]

In November 2013, Elliott won the All American 400, becoming the first driver to win all four of the country's largest short-track races: the All American 400, the Snowball Derby, the World Crown 300 and the Winchester 400.[16] In December, it appeared as though Elliott had become the first driver to sweep the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 in the same weekend. Upon post-race inspection, however, a piece of tungsten was found in Elliott's car, which was prohibited by the Derby rulebook. Elliott was accordingly disqualified and the victory awarded to Erik Jones.[17]

Elliott racing his Nationwide car at Road America in 2014

In January 2014, it was announced that Elliott would be competing full-time in the Nationwide Series in 2014, driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, with sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts.[18] On April 4, 2014, Elliott won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, holding Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch off after taking the lead with 16 laps to go.[19] On April 11, 2014, Elliott won the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway by passing Elliott Sadler on the last lap after restarting sixth with two laps to go.[20] Elliott won the 300 at Chicagoland Speedway after holding off Trevor Bayne.[21] At Phoenix, Elliott clinched the Nationwide Series championship with a 53-point lead over teammate Regan Smith, becoming the first rookie and youngest driver to win a NASCAR national series title.[22]

On January 29, 2015, Hendrick Motorsports announced Elliott will make his Sprint Cup Series debut in 2015, running in five races at Martinsville, Richmond, Charlotte, Indianapolis, and Darlington. The team also announced that he will take over Jeff Gordon's No. 24 starting in 2016 as Gordon enters semi-retirement.[23]

Motorsports career results[edit]


(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points


  1. ^ The current youngest Camping World Truck Series winner is Cole Custer, winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2014 at 16 years, 7 months, and 28 days.[12]
  1. ^ a b c d e Glickman, Ben (April 28, 2011). "Chase Elliott follows path of race car driver father". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Staff. "Son of NASCAR's Bill Elliott signs multi-year deal". WAGA-TV. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Owens, Jeff (February 11, 2012). "Chase Elliott Takes After Dad". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Chase Elliott wins Snowball Derby". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Elliott wins prestigious Snowball Derby". Fox Sports. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Hamilton, Andy (May 19, 2012). "K&N Pro Series: Chase Elliott capitalizes on Brett Moffitt's bad luck". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  7. ^ Corder, Chuck (December 1, 2012). "Snowball Derby: Chase Elliott rolls to Snowflake victory". Pensacola News Journal. Pensacola, FL. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  8. ^ White, Rea (January 23, 2013). "Chase Elliott to run Trucks races". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  9. ^ Bruce, Kenny (June 19, 2013). "Elliott focuses on present, not 2014 uncertainty". NASCAR. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  10. ^ Albert, Zack (August 21, 2013). "Elliott becomes youngest Truck pole winner". NASCAR. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  11. ^ "Elliott wrecks Dillon to win Truck race". U.S. News & World Report. September 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  12. ^ "16-year-old Cole Custer becomes youngest to win Truck Series race". Sporting News. September 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  13. ^ a b "Chase Elliott wins road-course race". Fox Sports. September 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  14. ^ Hamilton, Andy (September 7, 2013). "NASCAR Trucks: Dillon vows retaliation after crash with Elliott". The Des Moines Register. Des Moines, IA. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  15. ^ "Tire issue shortens Elliott’s day in Iowa". Chase Elliott official site. September 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  16. ^ Cole, Nick (November 2, 2013). "Chase Elliott wins at Fairgrounds Speedway". The Tennessean. Nashville, TN. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  17. ^ Inabinett, Mark (December 8, 2013). "Erik Jones gets second straight Snowball Derby victory after Chase Elliott disqualified". Press-Register. Mobile, AL. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  18. ^ Ryan, Nate (January 6, 2014). "NAPA will back Chase Elliott at JR Motorsports". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  19. ^ Jensen, Tom (April 4, 2014). "Besting the boss: Chase Elliott, 18, tops Dale Jr., all comers in NNS race". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  20. ^ Hembree, Mike (April 11, 2014). "Rookie Chase Elliott wins second straight at Darlington". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  21. ^ Associated Press (July 20, 2014). "Chase Elliott holds off Trevor Bayne for Nationwide win". Sporting News. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  22. ^ Ryan, Nate (November 8, 2014). "Chase Elliott clinches Nationwide championship, makes history". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  23. ^ "It's official: Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy". January 29, 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Austin Dillon
NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Johanna Long
Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series Champion
Succeeded by
Bubba Pollard
Preceded by
Johnny VanDoorn
CRA Super Series Champion
Succeeded by
Johnny VanDoorn
Preceded by
Johanna Long
Snowball Derby Winner
Succeeded by
Erik Jones
Preceded by
Ross Kenseth
All American 400 Winner
Succeeded by
John Hunter Nemechek