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Elliott stays busy with Braves game, AMA, MRN gig

April 10, 2014, Pat DeCola, NASCAR.com

Elliott stays busy with Braves game, AMA, MRN gig
Texas winner gets out in the spotlight after first NNS win

Just because 18-year-old rookie Chase Elliott is fresh off the first win of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career doesn't mean he's content to sit back and relax.

No, as a matter of fact, he's enjoying the momentum that comes along with winning a race at Texas Motor Speedway in a field that included Sprint Cup Series stars Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth.

Elliott, who has finished in the top 10 in every race since the season opener at Daytona, spent Wednesday night taking in the Atlanta Braves' 4-3 victory over division rival the New York Mets. The Dawsonville, Ga. native attended the game with Michael Waltrip and some friends on behalf of Talladega Superspeedway and got to hang out on the field to meet Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and outfielder Jordan Schafer.

On Thursday, Elliott took part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on the R/NASCAR portion of Reddit.com.

The chat yielded some great responses from the driver of the No. 9 JRM Chevrolet, such as what his go-to karaoke song would be, how many times he's used the "I'm a NASCAR driver pick-up line," and what number he might like to drive if and when he arrives on the Sprint Cup scene.

To read the full session, click here.

But that's not all -- Elliott will join the Motor Racing Network broadcast crew for Saturday's radio coverage of the Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway.

“Adding a driver to our broadcast team at Darlington will put listeners behind the wheel and give them a look into the minds of the competitors through Chase’s eyes,” said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt in a release.  “The ‘Elliott’ name is synonymous with success at Darlington and it’s a privilege to have one of NASCAR’s rising stars join us this weekend.”

Elliott also will answer fans’ Twitter questions throughout the race with #AskMRN.

Of course, there's also Elliott's day job that he'll be tending to this weekend, when he attempts to win back-to-back races and defend his Nationwide Series points lead in Friday's VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.