Before Chase Elliott was the
driver of the iconic No. 24
Chevrolet made famous by
Jeff Gordon, the son of 1988
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
champion Bill Elliott had to
climb the ranks of the sport
just like anyone else.
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Following is a roundup of Elliott’s little-known
accomplishments that led to him landing a full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series ride in 2014 with JR
Motorsports, which ultimately put him on the radar
of legendary team owner Rick Hendrick, his boss.
In seven races in the NASCAR Camping World
Truck Series in 2013, Elliott earned one win, five
top-five finishes and six top- 10 results. He became
the youngest pole winner in series history when he
claimed the No. 1 spot at Bristol Motor Speedway
on Aug. 22. He followed up this milestone by becoming the youngest winner in a NASCAR national
series during the Truck Series’ inaugural trip to
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sept. 1.
With five ARCA Racing Series events on his 2013
schedule, Elliott also made headlines in his season-opener. On June 8, the second-generation driver
led 21 laps on his way to winning the ARCA event
at Pocono Raceway and becoming the youngest
superspeedway winner in series history.
Prior to 2013, Elliott posted a strong season of
firsts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. During
the 2012 season, he captured his first career
NASCAR victory on May 19 and followed that
performance by becoming the series’ youngest
pole winner when he earned the top qualifying spot
at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. In 14
races, Elliott tallied six top-five finishes and nine
top- 10 results. In addition to K&N Pro Series East
action, Elliott also strengthened his racing résumé
in 2012 by adding six ARCA events to his schedule.
The young driver never finished outside the top 10.
Elliott made his full-time debut in the K&N Pro
Series East in 2010, while juggling 23 late model
events. He earned three top-five finishes and had
six top- 10 showings in the 12-race K&N Pro Series
East season, and concluded the year in late models
with seven wins and 19 top-five finishes.