Elliott follows father’s lead to Darlington’s victory lane

nascar-chase-elliott-hero-2Celebrating in the same victory lane where his famous father once won the Winston Million, teenage sensation Chase Elliott understood the significance of winning at Darlington Raceway.

The 18-year-old son of legendary driver Bill Elliott had just completed a mad two-lap dash to the finish of Friday night’s Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway, passing leader Elliott Sadler on the final lap to post his second straight win in his seventh start.

Elliott claimed the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 in his first try at the historic 1.366-mile track for his second win in as many weeks and the second of his fledgling career. Sadler held on for the second spot and Matt Kenseth finished third, followed by pole-sitter Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick.

Although Elliott won last Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, the victory at Darlington, where his father won five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, including his triumph in the 1985 to capture the Winston Million bonus, had special meaning.

“Darlington has always been my favorite place to watch a race,” said the younger Elliott, the youngest driver ever to win at Nationwide Series race at Darlington at 18 years, four months, four days. “Just to be a part of this race is unbelievable.

“To win this thing is a day I’ll never forget.”

Photo courtesy of Darlington Raceway

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