Gas 'N' Go: Which Young Driver Would You Take?

Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace Jr.

Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Darrell Wallace Jr. are among a number of young drivers making an impact in NASCAR. (Photo: Getty Images)

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The pits are open again and,'s Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."

Which one of these young drivers would you want most if you were a car owner: Ryan Blaney Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson or Darrell Wallace Jr.

MRN Staff


Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone

That's a very talented crop of young drivers, and NASCAR's future will be better with that quintet a part of the scene for years to come. But I'd have to say if I were a car owner my choice would be to put Chase Elliott in one of my machines.

Elliott already has proven in a very short period of time he can be competitive in just about every form of racing he's tried including Late Models, K&N Pro Series cars, ARCA and the Nationwide Series. His win last week in Texas in only his sixth career Nationwide start was a prime example of just how good Elliott is behind the wheel.

His pedigree is impeccable with father Bill Elliott's background and success in the sport. Chase is articulate, handles the media and sponsor relations like a veteran and speaks his mind, which is refreshing in this day and age of sometimes politically correct responses from drivers.

Elliott is only 18 years old and the ceiling for his career is sky high. That's why if I had the opportunity he'd be my pick as a driver to build a team around for the future.

Dustin Long
Dustin Long

You can’t go wrong with any of the choices, but I’d take Kyle Larson. I like how he’s handled himself late in races to get toward the front and race for the win. His Nationwide and Sprint Cup battles for the win at Auto Club Speedway came against some of the more talented drivers on the circuit and Larson handled himself well.

Also, Larson taught the veterans last year that you could run high at Charlotte and not lose time. Once he started doing it, several others follow. You don’t often see rookies showing veterans how to do it and that’s among the things that makes Larson special.

With his limited experience in stock cars and the success he’s already had, it makes one imagine the big things that could be in store for Larson in the future. Any team owner would want to be a part of that.

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Netwo

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