By admin | December 11, 2013
By Richard Allen
Second generation racer Chase Elliott is one of the most talented young drivers rising through the ranks of the auto racing world today. He has proven himself on asphalt and dirt as well as on ovals and road courses. And, he has a great pedigree, which makes him both marketable and savvy to the ways that lead to success in this difficult sport.
However, the young star found himself in the midst of some significant controversies during 2013 that he would most likely rather not have had.
This past Sunday at the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., Elliott won one of the most prestigious Super Late Model short track races on the planet when he captured the Snowball Derby. And just the night before, he had emerged victorious from that same track’s Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models, making him the first driver ever to accomplish that double feature sweep.
Unfortunately, Elliott’s celebration of the unprecedented feat would prove to be short-lived as his Snowball Derby winning ride was found to be in violation of the rules during a post-race technical inspection. It seems as if his crew had placed illegal tungsten weights within the frame of the car rather than the allowed lead weights. Because of its denser nature, tungsten would allow his team to place the weights in more strategic locations, and thus, help the car’s handling.
Tungsten is not allowed due to the excessive cost of the material.
The younger Elliott(@chaseelliott) took to Twitter to say, “Simply sorry to everyone. One Mistake on our part costed us the race. I Can’t thank the ones who are still supporting us tonight enough.”
This was not the first meeting with controversy in 2013 after a victory for the 18 year old son of 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup(now Sprint Cup) champion Bill Elliott.
On September 1st of this year, Elliott tangled with Ty Dillon in the last turn on the last lap of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The incident sparked controversy between the two drivers, and even among fans and media members.
“We only have so many shots to win these things. I really hate to win them like that, I really do,” Elliott said immediately after the race. “That’s not how I race and that’s never been how I’ve raced before. I had a shot. I was up next to Ty and I knew he was going to try and chop me off. I tried to make up the difference. … Sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get to Victory Lane.”
Dillon, who had his own controversies later on in the season, responded to Elliott’s actions by saying, “You’ve got to show respect. I hope he runs Iowa (next race on the CWTS schedule after Canadian Tire). He won’t finish the race.”
Again, Elliott went on Twitter to explain.
“What a day! Can’t thank everybody enough that supports our program. Really proud of my teams effort all weekend long!! As for the finish…”
Truly hate winning a race in a rough fashion like that, but we had an awesome truck with an opportunity for the win. I do feel like the(re)
..Was some really hard racing for the win and I feel like most guys would take a chance on the bottom as well.”
The bottom line is that Chase Elliott is a very talented racer and as a Hendrick Motorsports development driver, he is typically in the very best equipment. Whenever a driver runs at the front so often, there are going to be opportunities for controversy to occur. This driver has just happened to be at the center of the storm at a very young age.
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