Elliott Back in a Car at Daytona

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Bill Elliott will join son Chase on the track for JR Motorsports during this weekend's Nationwide test session at Daytona International Speedway.

Bill Elliott will be back on the track this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, and he’ll be joined by his son Chase.

Both will drive cars for JR Motorsports during NASCAR Nationwide testing Saturday and Sunday.

Chase Elliott, 18, will be prepping for his rookie season after signing a multi-year deal to drive for JR Motorsports with NAPA as the primary sponsor for all 33 races. The deal was announced Monday. 

Fifty-eight-year-old Bill Elliott, a two-time Daytona 500 winner and 1988 Sprint Cup champion, will test a car for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will not be able to participate in the Nationwide test because of a scheduling conflict. 

“My dad’s name kind of came up and I asked him if he would come do it,’’ Chase Elliott said. “I know it’s just a test, but it’s going to be a pretty cool experience for both of us.’’

Bill Elliott did not run in a Cup race last season, the first time he had not run in a Cup race since 1975. Elliott last ran in a Nationwide car in 2005.

So, could this lead to more testing by Bill Elliott?

“It's probably a one-time (arrangement),’’ said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “The Nationwide Series actually doesn’t do a lot of testing, so we don't have the opportunity to ask a lot of people to test. Just being that this is restrictor‑plate testing, Bill is a great choice to do that for us. We'll definitely call him again if we need him, but I don't see any major plans or whatnot just based on our limited testing resources there.’’

Both Elliotts will be joined by Regan Smith at the test. Smith is back with the team after finishing third in the points last season.

This comes about a month after Bill Elliott became eligible for the NASCAR Hall of Fame when NASCAR changed eligibility standards. Without the changes, Elliott wouldn't have been eligible for two more years. Bill Elliott won 44 Cup races, which ranks 16th on the all-time list. 

 

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