Before you graduated high school, did you ever lead the points standings and rally off two wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series?
Didn’t think so. But 18 year-old phenom Chase Elliott, has.
Elliott will attempt a unique double-duty this weekend as he graduates from his Georgia high school on Saturday morning before flying back to Iowa to participate in the Get To Know Newton 250 on Sunday.
Elliott’s not your average high school student. The Sunoco Rookie has led the series point standings since April 4 when he posted his first series win at Texas Motor Speedway. He then solidified his ascension to stardom the following week with a win at historic Darlington Raceway.
Accompanying Elliott’s two wins are four top fives and seven top 10s in nine starts. He leads all series championship contenders in season-to-date Driver Rating (109.1), Average Running Position (6.8), Fastest Laps Run (9.8%) and Laps in the Top 15 (94.9%).
Elliott has a one-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler and is just three points up on third-place Regan Smith. Though Elliott has a NASCAR K&N East win at Iowa, this weekend will be his NNS debut at the track. Sadler has three Coors Light Poles, one win and six top 10s, in six starts at Iowa. Smith has made two starts at Iowa, posting one top 10, but has an average finish of 9.0.