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 Nationwide Series, driving the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports. He is the son of 1988 Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott.
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. 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. He ended the season by winning the Winchester 400.
Elliott signed a three-year driver development contract with Hendrick Motorsports in February 2011. Sports Illustrated named Elliott as the high school player of the week on the week of April 2011. 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. Later that year, just after his sixteenth birthday, he won the Snowball Derby and became the race's youngest winner. He beat the second place driver, DJ Vanderley, by a record 0.229 seconds.
Elliott returned to the K&N Pro Series East in 2012, winning his first career race in the series at Iowa Speedway in May. 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.
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. On June 8, 2013, Elliott became the youngest winner in ARCA history following his Pocono Raceway victory. 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. 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.[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. Dillon afterwards stated that the next time they raced each other "he won't finish the race"; later Elliott stated he had attempted to apologize to Dillon but without any response. The following week at Iowa Speedway, Elliott cut down a tire early in the race and crashed without involvement from Dillon.
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. 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.
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.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)
Camping World Truck Series
* Season in progress