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Keepin’ it Short – Chase Elliott tagged to be part of the future of Hendrick Motorsports

Most 15-year-old kids are psyched about scoring their learner’s permit and counting down the days until they can get their driver’s license, but Chase Elliott is getting ready to start working for the most prominent race team in NASCAR. On Wednesday Hendrick Motorsports announced they have signed the son of legendary racer Bill Elliott to a multi-year driver agreement. Elliott will still drive for his family’s race team based out of Dawsonville, GA running Chevrolets with support from Hendrick Motorsports.

Elliott has proven that he has definitely inherited the racing genes from his father, winning several big races in 2010 including the first major race at North Wilkesboro Speedway and the Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway. He ran 40 Late Model races in 2010, scoring 13 wins, 27 top 5s and 37 top 10s.

The plan for Elliott is to drive for his family team until he reaches 18 years of age. While NASCAR just lowered their minimum age requirement for Regional Touring Series to 15, the National minimum is still 18. He plans to enter a myriad of races in 2011 from Late Model and Super Late Model races to a handful of NASCAR Regional Touring Series events. The 2011 season has already started off strong for Elliott who swept the season opening Speedfest dual late model features at Lanier National Speedway.

Other Short Track News

The 40th Annual DIRTcar Nationals are continuing at Volusia Speedway Park. So far Joey Saldana has been crowned Sprint Car Champion while Clint Bowyer has been crowned Modified Champ. The Late Models and Big Block Modifieds will be running the rest of the week.

The 35th Annual DART Winternationals presented by Magnaflow Exhaust held at East Bay Raceway crowned Scott Bloomquist Champion for the first time in his career. Bloomquist scored the victory in the first night’s A-Main and then used consistent finishes the rest of the week to secure the title for the first time in his Hall of Fame career.

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