Posted: Friday, July 25th 2014 at 1:00pm
Chase Elliott hopes to join dad on Brickyard wins list
By NASCAR Wire Service
Chase Elliott hopes to join his father Bill as a winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a victory in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race. / Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Chase Elliott, the runaway leader in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, has three wins and the NASCAR Nationwide Series points lead. He’s zeroing in on the single-season wins record of five, held by Greg Biffle (2001), Kyle Busch (2004) and Carl Edwards (2005). No rookie has ever won the Nationwide Series championship.
But more immediately, there’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Chase and his father Bill can become the first father-son winners in NASCAR’s 21-year history at the track.
The Dawsonville, GA, native will be making his series debut at Indianapolis this weekend, the track at which his father and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bill Elliott won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2002.
“It’s one of the places I look back on, I do have memories of The Brickyard win he (Bill Elliott) had, I think it was 2002,” Chase Elliott said. “That’s a special race track for me. I always love going back there ever since then knowing he has been to victory lane. We are going to give it our best shot.”
JR Motorsports now has won seven of the 18 races this season – Chase Elliott (Texas, Darlington and Chicago), Kevin Harvick (Richmond, Kentucky), Regan Smith (Daytona-1) and Kasey Kahne (Daytona-2). The team has led the driver points after 17 of 18 races this season (Elliott Sadler was the lone outlier, leading the points after Kentucky).
WDUN will have live IMS Radio coverage of Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway beginning at 4 pm on 102.9 FM.
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