Elliott Back to Berlin After "Rowdy" Trip in June
(TOLEDO, Ohio - August 8, 2012) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour is all new to Chase Elliott. After all, at 16 years young, most things are.
However, in just three ARCA Racing Series starts, despite racing on tracks that he hasn't for the most part seen before, he's on the fast track toward the front. Elliott, the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, finished 10th in his series debut at Mobile International Speedway in early March. It got better from there when Elliott placed fourth at Salem in April. Then, in his career-first road course race, he wowed the ARCA regulars with a second-place finish, losing the lead only on the final lap to road veteran Andrew Ranger at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Now, fast forward to his next scheduled ARCA race at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, which could arguably be the very track where he may have the best shot at Victory Lane. Elliott, despite his age, actually has prior experience on the quirky, less-than-a-half-mile oval in Marne, Mich., experience that includes a second-place finish to Kyle Busch in the Rowdy 251 late model race earlier this summer.
"We have had some decent late model runs at Berlin in the past, and we had a strong run at our last trip there this summer when we finished second to the No. 51 car driven by Kyle Busch," Elliott said. "But I know we are capable of beating him and that team, and I won't be satisfied until we do."
In addition to Elliott's ARCA
schedule this year, which includes upcoming events at Madison International Speedway on August 26 and at Salem Speedway on September 15, he's currently third in points in the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series standings. The busy schedule has not allowed him to test an ARCA Racing Series car at Berlin. Even before he races at Berlin this weekend, he'll have to start school on Thursday.
At each ARCA race so far, his famous father has accompanied him, lending advice and spotting as necessary. However, in regard to Berlin, the younger Elliott has 'one-up' on his father because the elder Elliott has never raced on the historic fairgrounds oval.
"My dad has never been to Berlin other than when I have gone to race, so I don't feel like he can do as much there as he does other places."
When asked if he was surprised by his near-victory on the New Jersey road course, Elliott responded, "I knew we could do it because we really had an Aaron's Dream Machine/Hendrickcars.com Chevy that was very capable of winning. It was just a mistake by me that took us out of it."
Elliott's crew chief is NASCAR veteran Lance McGrew, which, no doubt, helps.
"It helps a ton really. Lance has a ton of experience in pretty much everything, and his racing knowledge is very helpful to me."
The Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group will start at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, with live timing and scoring and live audio coverage available at ARCARacing.com.
Practice for the 200-lap race will take place that afternoon from 2-2:45 and 3:15-4, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5 p.m.
ARCA Racing Series drivers will participate in an autograph session - open to all fans - at 6:15. The race will be the 15th of 20 this season.
Griffin Hickman, ARCA
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Don Radebaugh, ARCA
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