Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is only 15 but he is well on his way to a successful racing career.
His debut Saturday night in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina ended with a 4th place finish in his HendrickCars.com Chevrolet. He had qualified 26th out of 32 cars.
The son of 1988 NASCAR Cup Champion Bill Elliott, Chase already has numerous wins and championships on his resume. He's now stepping up to a bigger stage.
Earlier this year, NASCAR lowered the minimum age for drivers competing in its regional touring series from 16 to 15. Right away, Hendrick Motorsports signed him to a multi-year driver development agreement.
“The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree with Chase,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “I’ve always admired Bill’s ability in a race car and how he handled himself with the fans. I see those same traits in Chase, with his natural driving talent and an awareness of what he needs to do away from the track to be successful. He comes from a great racing family, and it shows."
With Hendrick support, parents Bill and Cindy run Chase's race team from the same shops in Dawsonville where the Elliott family worked when the elder Elliott dominated NASCAR's top series and earned the nickname "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville".
At the Dawsonville Pool Room, owner Gordon Pirkle has blared a siren for all of Bill Elliott's 44 cup victories. He's installed a new siren just for Chase Elliott's wins. If things go as planned, folks in Dawson County may start hearing a lot of the new siren.