Elliott has fond memories of Rockingham Speedway
February 28, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
In the midst of a six-week break between races, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regulars can look forward to driving on an iconic track -- Rockingham Speedway -- when racing begins again in April.
“The Rock” opened in 1965 and has had NASCAR’s most legendary figures drive on its one-mile surface.
That backdrop won’t be intimidating to 17-year-old Chase Elliott. The Truck Series rookie already owns a pair of wins on the one-mile oval, finishing first in the 2011 USAR Pro Cup and in a Sunoco National Tour race in 2010, when he was 14 years old.
Elliott also took part in Victory Lane festivities in 2003 when his father Bill Elliott won his 44th career -- and final, to-date -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
"I remember being in Victory Lane with him when he won, so it was cool to get back there on my own,” Chase Elliott said of his Rockingham history. “The biggest thing is that Rockingham is unique when compared to other race tracks. You can run all over it, and that’s something you don't see often in racing today. You can run from the white line to the wall and win races running. It puts on some great shows and I think it's going to continue to do that."
But before drivers can compete in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine, they first must travel to Martinsville Speedway. It’s at Martinsville where Elliott will make his Truck Series debut.
The 17-year-old has been around racing his entire life, so it’s not likely he’ll be nervous before the Kroger 250 at Martinsville on April 6.
"I think everyone is going to be on a pretty equal playing field," Chase Elliott said. "They know what they're looking for in the trucks and we'll still be kind of new in that series. Those guys having laps in a truck in general, and having run there last year -- they'll have some knowledge.
"A lot of guys will be tough, but hopefully we can be right there with them."
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