Isn’t there a biblical prophecy that goes “… and a young man shall lead them”? Well, if there is, consider that prophecy fulfilled. The young man is Chase Elliott! And he led his older rivals all the way to the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
At only 18 years old, Chase is reportedly the youngest-ever NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion. He is also the first rookie to achieve such a feat. He is turning 19 on 28 November 2014, so that’s a pretty good birthday gift he got for himself, no?
En route to winning the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, Chase clinched impressive first place victories at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 (in Texas), the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 (in Darlington, South Carolina), and the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 (in Illinois).
Chase is following the footsteps of his father, a much-awarded NASCAR champion himself who was inducted to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America as well as the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Class of 2015).
Here’s Bill in 2002 celebrating a win at the Brickyard 400 with wife Cindy and a very young Chase Elliott.
Surely, Chase is blessed with some racing genes, no?
Want to know more about Chase? In an interview with USA Today, he talks about racing, being a fan of the other (older) drivers, and his favorite movie/TV show:
Did you get nervous meeting some of the players since you’re such a big fan?
Oh yeah. For sure! I was just a fan like, “Please sign my ball.” I felt really weird doing that, but at the same time, I pull for those guys like anybody else.
Were most of the players understanding when you asked for autographs?
Yeah, they were! All those guys were really nice. Some of them were in the zone, which I can definitely understand. And some of their personalities were more open at times than others. But you always read about their personalities and how they are, and just kind of seeing them firsthand was definitely an experience.
Q: When you have a bad day on the track and go home at the end of the day, who do you talk to about it? Do you vent to your dad or do you just keep it to yourself?
A: I’ve gone about that different ways. In the past, I’d try to talk to people but found myself wanting people to tell me what I wanted to hear. But I’m so stubborn in a way that people trying to make me feel better didn’t help me at all. Unless it’s that exact right person you need to hear from at that point in time, it doesn’t do much but make me mad. So I just try to keep it to myself and get over it in my own way. Just getting back in the car again is the best thing you can do.