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Dale Jr. tweets thoughts on Elliott's future

April 22, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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Team owner would like to see rising star run two seasons in Nationwide Series

In addition to his Sprint Cup Series success this season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has fared very well this season as a team owner and car owner for Chase Elliott's No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series.

Elliott, the son of premier series champion Bill Elliott and a Nationwide Series rookie, has posted wins in back-to-back races at Texas and Darlington.

That success has shot the rookie to the top of the series standings and left many wondering when the move up to Sprint Cup could be coming. On Tuesday, Dale Jr. weighed in on that very subject on Twitter.

It's interesting to note that Dale Jr. ran two full-time seasons in what was then-known as the Busch Grand National Series for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., before moving up to the sport's top series full-time in 2000. In 1999, Dale Jr. ran five Cup races as well and was also the Busch Grand National Series champion in both 1998 and 1999.

For his part, the 18-year-old Elliott was asked what his personal timetable to move up to Sprint Cup was following his win at Darlington. Here is what he had to say.

"Well, that's a good question. It's one I am not worried about at all right now. I really haven't thought about it a bit to be honest with you. I feel like it's way too early on to be worried about that. The biggest thing we can focus on is that I have a great opportunity right now at JR Motorsports, with NAPA Auto Parts and I want to try and make the very most of that and do the best job I can do behind the wheel for these guys. If we can do that and do it well, I think the future will figure itself out."

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