LONG POND, PA – Simply put, Chase Elliott considers Pocono Raceway a fun track. The 17-year-old driver is a fan of the unique layout and has little trouble finding speed on the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle in his No. 9 Aaron's Dream Machine/Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet.
It probably doesn't hurt that Elliott is the defending winner there in the ARCA Racing Series. In June, he improved from a 32nd-place starting position to lead 21 laps en route to Victory Lane. With the win, Elliott became the youngest superspeedway winner in racing history.
"I really enjoy going to Pocono," Elliott said. "I think it's a fun racetrack that puts on some really good racing. I'm not really focused on defending a title. I'm just going to go back and give it as much of an effort as before – well, maybe a little more."
In three ARCA starts this season, Elliott has recorded one win and three top-five finishes. The Dawsonville, Ga., native has led a lap in all three events for a total of 60 laps led. He has scored an average starting position of 12.3 and an average finish of 2.7.
"Pocono is such a unique track," Elliott said. "Its three turns and long straightaways are different than any of the other tracks we're racing on this season. It's definitely a place of its own and takes time to get used to. I'm excited to go back and hopefully recapture our success there from earlier this season."
Watch coverage of the 50-lap ARCA Racing Series event at Pocono Speedway live on SPEED on Friday, August 2 at 5 p.m. ET.