Although Chase Elliott has only made three NCWTS so far in his young career, the Dawsonville, Ga., native has made an immediate impact finishing in the top 10 in each start. Elliott’s average finish in his first three series starts is 5.0, tying him with 2000 rookie of the year Kurt Busch for the best three-race debut for a true NASCAR national series rookie in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history.
Elliott has finished sixth, fifth and fourth in starts at Martinsville, Rockingham and Dover, respectively.
Elliott has shown his learning curve in the NCWTS has been smooth as the 17-year-old driver has adapted quickly to the national series machines, which could mean more history this weekend. This weekend at Iowa could be another record-setting one for the series if Elliott can return to Victory Lane at Iowa.
Elliott picked up his first NASCAR Touring Series victory at Iowa Speedway winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race in 2012 and if he is able to pilot his No. 94 Chevrolet to the checkered flag he would break Ryan Blaney’s record as the youngest winner in the history of the series. Blaney won the most recent NCWTS race held at Iowa Speedway last September.
Elliott, along with veteran crew chief Lance McGrew, will enter the next two truck series events as they will also compete at Eldora after the trip to America’s heartland this weekend.