Gas 'N' Go: Who Would You Take? Chase Elliott Or Ryan Blaney?

Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney

Which driver would you take - Chase Elliott or Ryan Blaney? Pete Pistone and Dustin Long debate. (Photo: Getty Images)

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

Who would you take? Chase Elliott or Ryan Blaney?

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Answer

Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone

I'll take Chase Elliott.

Although he's only a few months removed from being a high school graduate, Elliott already strikes me as a seasoned pro both on and off the track. His success to the tune of already racking up three Nationwide Series wins in his rookie season is nearly unheard of in a series that continues to be dominated by Sprint Cup Series interlopers. Elliott has more than a solid chance to win a championship as a freshman as well.

Off the track there's not much more you could ask for from a young driver than what Elliott delivers. He's articulate, has youthful good looks and really a sponsor's dream.

Elliott already has a leg up on any driver in his category, whether it be from a perspective of age or experience. He's a polished pro and definitely a steal as a number one draft pick by any team or organization. 

Dustin Long
Dustin Long

You can’t go wrong with either, but I lean toward Ryan Blaney. I like the progression he’s made in Camping World Truck Series and how he’s leading the points. I also like how he’s run in the Nationwide Series this season. Yes, he’s got some of the better equipment, but he’s run toward the front in that series in his limited starts.

One thing that stands out to me about Blaney is that he’s completed all but one lap in his seven Nationwide starts this season. Other than an early crash at Darlington in 2012 (his second career Nationwide race), he’s completed all but six laps in the series in his 22 other Nationwide starts. That shows a consistency and understanding where he needs to be on the track and where he doesn’t need to be, lessons that can take young drivers a while to understand.

Yes, Chase Elliott shows the same type of consistency and understanding in the Nationwide Series while leading the points and winning three races. No matter which driver you take, both should provide a fun ride for quite some time.

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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