On a breezy, overcast Florida day, a teenager stood among a crowd hiding a secret. Nearby was his blue-and-gold race car, massaged by obsessive crew members and decorated by a company lured back to NASCAR because of a car salesman’s pitch that this was no lemon and the kid was no typical 18-year-old.
The teen’s pedigree and past success made it easy to boast. Now it was time to deliver.
Friends and family stood nearby on pit road at Daytona International Speedway in February 2014. Few, if any, were aware that this kid felt anything but confidence. Nerves took over. A question crept into his mind.
“What am I getting myself into?’’
He admits he still asks himself that sometimes. It’s understandable given the ride his young career has taken him on, as Chase Elliott made his Xfinity Series debut just 13 months ago.
Bill Elliott’s son seeks to qualify Friday for his…
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