2020 NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Chase Elliott, will participate in the Camping World SRX Series season finale at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on July 17, giving him the opportunity to compete against his father, Bill Elliott, for the first-time in eight years.
In said race, the 2013 Alabama Pro 125 Late Model race at South Alabama Speedway — the younger Elliott took it to the field, which included his cup champion father, scoring the victory while Bill Elliott brought home a fourth-place finish. Since then, a lot has changed, with Chase picking up championships in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2014 and the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020, making the Elliotts the third father-son pairing to have championships at NASCAR’s top-level.
“Racing is such a big part of our lives and I’m genuinely excited to compete with my dad in the SRX race at Nashville,” Chase said. “We’ve been together at racetracks hundreds of times and only once before have we competed on the same track together. It’s an awesome opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Both of the Elliott’s have extensive experience at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, though in extremely different ways, with Chase competing in a Super Late Model countless times, including a victory in the 2013 All American 400, while Bill has seven career NASCAR Cup Series starts at the facility, with a best finish of fifth-place in 1983.
“My experience at Nashville is pretty dusty, so I might have to lean on Chase to give me some pointers from his time there in a Late Model,” Bill said. “It could be a bit of a role reversal with him teaching me.
“But it truly is a wonderful opportunity to be able to race with my son at Nashville. Obviously, I’m incredibly proud of all that he’s accomplished. For years, he watched me and now I’m watching him. But for one night in Nashville, we’ll both have the same viewpoint.”
Before capping its inaugural season at Nashville Fairgrounds on July 17, the series will visit Slinger Speedway on Saturday Night, where Bill will compete as one of the series’ 10 regulars. Despite some mechanical issues and on-track incidents, Elliott has posted some solid results in the heat races, placing him ninth in series point standings.
“Bill and I worked together for five years at Evernham Motorsports and Chase was always around during that time,” said Ray Evernham, co-founder of the Camping World SRX Series. “Bill was instrumental in helping get our race team established and competitive, and Chase saw his dad’s work effort firsthand. It’s an understatement to say how cool it’s been to see Chase grow up and become such a great racer. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.”