The young talent showed the Cup regulars he's ready for big time Nationwide racing.
The student surpassed the teacher on Friday night, as Chase Elliott drove his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet by teammate Kevin Harvick in the No. 5 Chevrolet with 16 laps remaining in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Elliott then pulled away, driving on to his first-career series win.
"I went to him (Harvick) for a lot of advice this week," Elliott said.
Elliott was the only Nationwide Series regular to finish in the top-five, with the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Kyle Busch and the No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet of Kyle Larson also getting by Harvick in the closing laps to finish third and fourth. Harvick wound up fifth. The next highest-finishing series regular was another of Elliott's JRM teammates, Regan Smith, who finished seventh in the No. 7 Chevrolet. JR Motorsports co-owner and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fifth in the No. 88 Chevrolet, and Matt Kenseth finished sixth in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Busch and Larson were among four drivers who started in the back after failing to make a qualifying attempt because their teams had a hard time getting their cars through pre-qualifying technical inspection. As Harvick controlled the race from the front, Busch and Larson quickly made their ways toward the front. By lap 10, both drivers were just outside the top-10 in 11th and 12th. By lap 31, Busch was running second to Harvick.
Larson got up to third on a restart following a caution just past lap 50, and afterword, he and Busch took turns running second and trying to take the lead from Harvick. Once Busch finally got the lead, Larson also got by Harvick to take second.
Harvick then lost a few more positions because of a wheel weight issue. Busch eventually lost the lead to Elliott on lap 135, leaving Elliott and Earnhardt to battle in the top-two positions.
Harvick reassumed the lead by getting off pit road during the fifth and final caution of the race with 32 laps to go, but Elliott eventually got by to take the win. Elliott became the second-youngest winner in series history, getting to victory lane in his sixth start as a high school senior at the age of 18 years, four months and seven days.
"It was a good weekend for us," Elliott said. "Hopefully, we can keep this going."
Other top-10 finishers included the No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Ryan Blaney in eighth, the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Ty Dillon in ninth and the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Elliott Sadler rounded out the top-10.