Stick with the Plan

Chase Elliott

Elliott’s success with Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports team has led to questions about if Elliott should move to Cup after this season. (Photo: Getty Images)

CONCORD, N.C. - Although 18-year-old Chase Elliott leads the Nationwide point standings and has two wins in his rookie season, co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. said that Elliott should not be rushed to the Sprint Cup Series.

Elliott has impressed observers this season, scoring wins at Darlington Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. The son of former NASCAR champion Bill Elliiott has seven top-10 finishes in the first nine races, heading into Sunday’s race at Iowa Speedway. Elliott was the fastest in the first practice session Friday at Iowa.

Elliott’s success with Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports team has led to questions about if Elliott should move to Cup after this season.

Earnhardt said there should not be any changes to Elliott’s progression despite the fast start.

“I think you set a plan from the start and you stick with it,’’ Earnhardt said Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We have like a two-year plan that he runs in the Nationwide Series. I think you’ve just got to stick with the plan regardless of the success he’s having.

“We’ve got the proper commitments in line with sponsors. I think it will suite him well to relax and not have to worry about that and just follow the plan he’s had in front of him since the start. He’s really young. He’s got a lot of time to get to the Cup level and realize that potential one day. I think he can just sit there and relax, knowing what we set out to do from the start and not really adjust.’’

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