Chase Elliott: Have Race Car, Will Travel
Chase Elliott, son of famed NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, simply lives to race.
When his scheduled race at Winchester Speedway in Indiana was cancelled due to weather, he and his team just traveled on down the road to Montgomery Motor Speedway in Alabama instead.
Elliott's desire to race wherever possible paid off as he participated in the "Show Me the Money" event in Alabama instead of Indiana. The young protege of "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" not only raced, but took the checkered flag, winning his second straight race in that series, as well as assuming the points lead.
Elliott's "have race car, will travel" mentality was no easy feat to accomplish. While his transporter driver Clyde Moody reset the Garmin to make a quick stop home to swap out engines and seats, the team then got back on the road and headed south, this time with papa Bill Elliott behind the wheel of the rig.
From the minute he arrived at Montgomery Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott was good. He had the fastest time in practice and qualified fifth in the field of 29 cars.
When the green flag waved on the 125 lap race, Elliott charged through the field and settled in behind the race leader Augie Grill. Crew chief Ricky Turner and the young driver worked together to keep tuning on the car, which continued to respond.
With 20 laps to go, the crew chief radioed his young wheel man and told him it was time to get to the front of the field. At the same time, Elliott noticed that the race leader was slipping up the track, providing him the perfect opportunity to take the lead.
Race leader Grill then had to pit due to a cut tire, solidifying Elliott's first place position. Troubles continued to plague Grill, who spun and brought out a late race caution.
With Elliott leading and racers John Bolen and Bubba Pollard in position to challenge him, the young driver knew that the restart was crucial. He also knew that had been his Achilles' heel in several other races.
His spotter and dad radioed his driver with encouragement. "Let's see what you learned," Bill Elliott said to his son Chase as he prepared to take the green flag.
This time, Elliott proved he had learned his restart lessons, by surging forward and pulling away from both competitors. But his lead was short-lived, when again the race was interrupted with another spin by Grill.
Elliott braced himself for yet one more critical restart and again came through with flying colors. With the young driver in the lead, flagman John Midkiff finally waved that coveted checkered flag.
Elliott was thrilled in Victory Lane, especially after the rain out and change in plans, racing at a completly different track than planned.
"I just can't thank my guys enough for all of their hard work to get everything switched over for me to come here tonight," Elliott said. "This was amazing."
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