By Matt Weaver – Chase Elliott has had an eventful transition to the upper levels of stock car racing this season.
The son of Bill Elliott — the 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion — has quickly adjusted to the heavier and faster cars and tracks, winning in both the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Trucks this season.
His victory at Pocono in the ARCA Series came in his seventh start on the circuit and first on a superspeedway, while his Truck Series breakthrough came in just his sixth start, on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario.
In fact, he was off to the best six-race start in Truck Series history with six straight top-10s before an accident ended that run of finishes last month at Iowa Speedway. His victory in Canada came at the expense of Ty Dillon who was crashed by Elliott in a final lap altercation — nothing about Chase Elliott has been under-the-radar this season.
Popular Speed Executive Editor Matt Weaver caught up with Elliott in Victory Lane (he won a Pro Late Model race) on Saturday night in Pensacola, Fla. and discussed a variety of topics, including his search for a new primary sponsor and his relationship with the younger Dillon brother following their Truck Series dispute.
A sample of that interview has been transcribed below and you can watch the full interview at the bottom of the post.
Popular Speed: Have you cleared the air with Ty Dillon?
Chase Elliott: No, I haven’t talked to him. I’m just proud of these guys at Aarons, HendrickCars.com and everyone who supports our Truck Series program. It’s been a lot of fun this year. The last couple of races haven’t gone quite like we’d wanted so hopefully we can put it together by Martinsville.
And hopefully Ty can do the same.
Popular Speed: You brought up Aaron’s. It’s been announced that they are not coming back next season, having moved on full-time to Michael Waltrip Racing. What has Aaron’s meant to your career and have you figured out your sponsorship plans for next season?
Chase Elliott: Regardless of their future plans, I couldn’t have made it this far without them, the opportunity they’ve given me to get where I am; to push my career to where I am right now. They’ve done so much for me and I can’t thank them enough.
And as far as next year, it’s still up in the air. We’re still trying to figure things out and hopefully we’ll figure them out soon.
Popular Speed: Can the same be said of your schedule?
Chase Elliott: Right. Nothing — not yet.