Chase Elliott Earns First Career NASCAR Championship
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By: Liam Tencza
Chase Elliott races his way to his first career NASCAR championship at Phoenix Raceway following a dominating performance. Elliott had to finish ahead of drivers Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin in order to clinch the title.
The 24-year-old Dawsonville, Georgia native was forced to start at the rear of the field due to three pre-race inspection failures. Elliott wasted little time driving through the field finding himself in the top-10 at the completion of the first stage.
Elliot then took control of the race, leading 153 laps on his way to becoming the 3rd youngest driver to win the prestigious title. Elliott’s father Bill, won the title in 1988. This made Chase and Bill one of three father and son duos to win the title, with Lee and Richard Petty, and Ned and Dale Jarret being the other two.
When asked about what winning the title meant, Chase stated: “I just, man, I’m at a loss for words. This is unbelievable. Oh, my gosh. We did it. I mean, we did it. That’s all I’ve got to tell you. Unreal.”