Chase Elliott, will be making his Nationwide Series debut this season, driving the NAPA No. 9 Chevrolet, alongside Regan Smith for JR Motorsports this season. Chase is the son of Bill Elliott, who won the NASCAR Championship Cup in 1988, and the pair has already dominated the first day of testing for JR at Daytona clocking in at 187.993 mph and 197.974 respectively. In addition, Regan Smith posted the third fastest lap 187.950 mph, while, Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon and Rousch Fenway driver Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five.
"Having a teammate is going to be great, and that's not to say I didn't have one last year," Smith said during Saturday's lunch break here during Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway. "We just had different ones everywhere we went last year, and it was tough to get that week-in and week-out balance of knowing what that guy's ? 'OK, he's saying this, how does that relate to our car?' We really didn't have the opportunity to lean on that at all."
Born November 28, 1995 in Dawsonville, GA, Chase competed in 40 races in various series in 2010, winning twelve events over the course of the year and finishing in the top ten 38 times, winning the Blizzard Series, Miller Lite and Gulf Coast championship before earning Rookie of the Year in the Georgia Asphalt Pro Late Model Series. His final win for the season came at the Winchester 400.
The following year, young Elliott was signed to a 3-year driver development contract with Hendrick Motorsports. Two months later he was named as high school player of the week by Sports Illustrated (April 2011). competed in the K&N Pro Series East in 2011, finishing 9th in series points; and well as driving in the Champion Racing Association, winning the series' National Super Late Model championship. He also became the youngest winner of the Snowball Derby, topping runner-up DJ Vanderley, by a record 0.229 seconds.
In addition to all his other achievements, thus far, Chase Elliot became the youngest winner in ARCA history On June 8, 2013, Elliott became the youngest winner in ARCA history following his June 8, 2013 victory at Pocono Raceway.