Chase Elliott became the second youngest driver in NASCAR history to win a Nationwide race. The 18-year-old passed Kevin Harvick on Lap 186 of last night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, and never looked back, taking his first-ever Nationwide Series checkered flag.
It’s ironic that such a young driver – one making just his sixth start in the Nationwide Series – won last night. That’s because fan voting for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is now open on NASCAR.com, and runs through Tuesday, May 20 at noon ET. The five nominees receiving the highest percentage of votes will comprise the Fan Vote ballot, which will be included among the 54 submitted by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel to determine the Class of 2015.
One name that may someday soon make it onto the list is Chase Elliott. The 18-year-old is the son of former NASCAR Cup series champion Bill Elliott, and as we told you above, last night he held off a bunch of Sprint Cup Series drivers to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
You never know what’s going to happen during a race, which is exactly why CV Products chooses to be trackside for so many NASCAR and other series’ races. In addition to last night night’s historic race, here’s where you’ll find us for the remainder of this weekend:
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
When: Sunday, April 6
Racetrack: Texas Motor Speedway — Ft. Worth, TX
Note: CV’s trailer is in the Texas Motor Speedway pits
What you need to know: As we suggested might happen in last week’s Trackside write-up, Kurt Busch set a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup era record when he hit the finish line to close last Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway – six different winners in the first six races. And incredibly, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth – the top two winners from the 2013 season – aren’t among that group. Neither are marquee drivers like Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon or Denny Hamlin. Be sure to watch tomorrow’s Duck Commander 500 to see if history continues in the form of a seventh different driver winning to start the season. Catch the race from home by tuning into FOX television starting at 2:30pm (EST), or by listing into PRN or SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Series: Pro All Star Series
When: Saturday, April 5
Racetrack: Orange County Speedway — Rougemont, NC
Note: CV’s trailer is in the Orange County Speedway pits
What you need to know: The 150-lap Orange Blossom Special gets underway at 6pm (EST) this evening at the Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina, which is about 80 miles northeast of CV’s headquarters in Thomasville. A second-generation driver has been added to an already impressive list of pre-entries for tonight’s race. Harrison Burton joins a strong group of contenders looking to take the checkered flag in this, the third race of the 2014 season for North America’s most diverse Super Late Model series. Harrison’s father, Jeff Burton, is no stranger to the track. The 21-time Cup Series winner hails from nearby South Boston, VA, and will certainly be one of the many fans rooting for the young Harrison.