Youths prevail in Trucks
September 05, 2013, NASCAR Wire Service, NASCAR.com
In doing so, Elliott became the youngest driver in series history to win a race at 17 years, nine months and four days. He eclipsed Ryan Blaney who previously set the mark last year at Iowa Speedway -- 18 years, eight months and 15 days.
Blaney also won at Pocono earlier this year. Elliott and Blaney join Kyle Larson (Rockingham) and Jeb Burton (Texas) as four drivers under the age of 21 who have won in 2013. Previous to this season, only one time in series history had a driver under 21 won a race -- Blaney's victory last season at Iowa.
This Sunday, the trucks return to Iowa for the Fan Appreciation 200 presented by New Holland (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) where Elliott will compete in his third consecutive race.
In Elliott's first six truck races of his career, he has finished no lower than sixth, which came in his first contest at Martinsville. Since then he has finishes of fifth (Rockingham), fourth (Dover), fifth (Iowa), fifth (Bristol) and first last weekend for an average finishing position of 4.3.
He has led laps in three of the six races for a total of 100 laps, including 22 in his race-winning performance at CTMP where he finished with personal-best driver rating of 132.4.
After Iowa, Elliott, who is currently 21st in the standings, plans to make two more starts this season in the No. 94 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet -- Martinsville and Phoenix.