Young Elliott wins 2nd straight Nationwide race

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm •  Published: April 11, 2014
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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott missed his senior prom Friday, but wasn't too disappointed.

"I had a good date tonight, the 'Lady in Black,' can't forget about that," he said, smiling.

The 18-year-old son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott raced to his second straight Nationwide Series victory, moving from fifth to first on the final two laps Friday night.

Elliott broke through for his first series win last week at Texas when he passed Sprint Cup veteran Kevin Harvick. At Darlington, Elliot moved past Sadler when the veteran got loose coming off Turn 2 on a restart two laps from the end.

Elliott drives for JR Motorsports, owned in part by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt saw Bill Elliott at the Victory Lane celebration and asked how long it would be until Chase graduates — and gets to come to the race shop fulltime.

"He ain't even focusing on racing, he's in school," Earnhardt said. "Wait until he gets graduated, he's going to be really trouble for those other boys."

He's plenty trouble for Nationwide competitors right now. At 18 years, 4 months, 14 days, he became the youngest in the series to win twice and the youngest winner at Darlington.

"I don't know that we expected to come and win races at least this fast," Elliott said.

Elliott will graduate next month on May 17, when the Nationwide Series is in Iowa. He plans to test in Iowa on Friday, return to Georgia on Saturday for his graduation ceremonies before flying back to the track for night-time qualifying. "I want to make mom happy. I know she's going to be excited about that one," he said.

Sadler held on for second while Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch were third and fourth.

Busch led by 1.5 seconds and was seemingly cruising to victory until Tanner Berryhill's spin forced a final restart and sent the field diving into the pits for a final shootout. Sadler moved from eighth to first after the stop by taking just two tires while Elliott was among the competitors who changed four tires.

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