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Current NASCAR Cup Champ Chase Elliott To Make SRX Debut At Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

Chase Elliott, the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion, will join his father, Bill Elliott, to headline the Camping World SRX Series season finale at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

The event is scheduled for July 17 (7 p.m. CT, CBS Television Network).

The SRX is in its inaugural season with a six-race short-track series featuring drivers in identically prepared cars.

“Racing is such a big part of our lives and I’m genuinely excited to compete with my dad in the SRX race at Nashville,” Chase Elliott said. “We’ve been together at racetracks hundreds of times and only once before have we competed on the same track together. It’s an awesome opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Chase Elliott won the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship and is coming off a win Sunday in the Jockey Made in America 250.

Bill Elliott won the 1988 Cup Series title.

The Elliotts are just the third father-son combo to win Cup Series championships, joining the Pettys (Lee: 1954, 1958, 1959 and Richard: 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1979) and the Jarretts (Ned: 1961, 1965 and Dale: 1999).

The only time Chase Elliott and his father competed together on the same track was on Oct. 20, 2013 in the Alabama Pro 125 Late Model race at South Alabama Speedway. Chase Elliott won and Bill Elliott finished fourth.

Both Elliotts have experience at Nashville. Chase Elliott started racing in the Super Late Model Series at the historic half-mile track when he was 13 and has returned several times. He won the All American 400 at Nashville in 2013.

Bill Elliott competed in seven Cup Series races at the track with a best finish of fifth in the 1983 Marty Robbins 420.

“My experience at Nashville is pretty dusty, so I might have to lean on Chase to give me some pointers from his time there in a Late Model,” Bill Elliott said. “It could be a bit of a role reversal with him teaching me.

“But it truly is a wonderful opportunity to be able to race with my son at Nashville. Obviously, I’m incredibly proud of all that he’s accomplished. For years, he watched me and now I’m watching him. But for one night in Nashville, we’ll both have the same viewpoint.”

Bill Elliott is one of the 10 regular drivers making up the 12-driver field in all six SRX races.

“Bill and I worked together for five years at Evernham Motorsports and Chase was always around during that time,” said Ray Evernham, co-founder of the Camping World SRX Series.

“Bill was instrumental in helping get our race team established and competitive, and Chase saw his dad’s work effort firsthand. It’s an understatement to say how cool it’s been to see Chase grow up and become such a great racer. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.”

Bill Elliott raced for Evernham from 2001-05 and the duo won four races together, including the 2002 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


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