Chase Elliott, son of Ford driver Bill Elliott, won the first race of his career Thursday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he captured the Bandolero feature. Both father and son spoke about the race Friday at Indianapolis Motor ...
Chase Elliott, son of Ford driver Bill Elliott, won the first race of his career Thursday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he captured the Bandolero feature. Both father and son spoke about the race Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion
"I was very proud. The last three races down there he had run really well. Everytime we either drew in the back or he ended up in the back. He was always able to drive well through the pack and pass a lot of cars, but he just hadn't been able to get all the way to the front at the finish. But last night he started 10th and drove up through there and won the race. He drove a really good race. He's been running real well in that Bandolero car, but at Charlotte it's a little different because we run a restrictor plate there and we've haven't run there much. Whereas, he's raced at Atlanta (Motor Speedway) about 10 or 11 times, so he's more familiar with that."
CAN YOU COMPARE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO SEE YOUR SON WIN HIS FIRST RACE VERSUS YOURS? "I'm just happy for him because he's done well in a lot of the other stuff. That's a very competitive side of the sport and anytime you can do well it just makes you feel good. It's good for him because now he knows he can do it and he can keep working at it and thinking about what he needs to do. The main thing is to just let him have a good time. We're not pushing him because the pressure is gonna come quick enough with any of this stuff, so that's what you try to avoid. We want to let him still be a kid because he's only 11 years old and we want him to experience that side of it, but he still wants to go out and do this stuff as well, so we'll see what happens."
"We weren't very good in the heat race, so we changed some tires and the setup and came from 10th place and won. It felt really good. My dad was pretty excited because it was nice to finally figure out how to run on that stuff."
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