Chase Elliott Makes History at Five Flags Speedway
14-year-old Becomes Youngest Winner in Blizzard Super Late Model Series History
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Chase Elliott might only be 14-years-old, but the Georgia driver is learning the ropes quick in the world of Late Model racing. He’s already visited victory lane on various Pro Late Model and Super Late Model tours throughout the Southeast, but he might have scored his biggest victory to date on Friday night in the Papa John’s 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. That is where the second generation driver won Round Two of the 2010 Blizzard Super Late Model Series against some stiff competition at an historic track.
“This is an awesome feeling to win a race here in Pensacola,” said Elliott in victory lane. “We ran well there he last time and things didn’t work out. I am just really proud of all the guys and how much of an improvement we have made since our first race here last year.”
It was a redeeming win for Elliott, who was leading the Blizzard Series opener in April with two laps to go, only to spin his tires on the final restart. Elliott ended up second on that night and was very hard on himself after losing such a close battle.
“I was very upset with myself after that,” said Elliott. “No matter what happened before the pit stop, we were pleased with our performance. Everything ended up working out for us and it was a good night.”
Elliott took the lead away from Josh Hamner with only a dozen laps remaining in the Papa John’s 100. Hamner, driving a Kyle Busch-owned Toyota, got to the front after a lightning fast pit stop that got him back on the track with blazing speed. Elliott sailed away as Hamner was able to hold off the advances of Bubba Pollard, Augie Grill and Johanna Long who rounded out the top five.
“Chase had a real good car tonight,” said Hamner. “I was driving for all I was worth in those final 28 laps. We have really come along way in the last few races and we’re almost there. I know how Chase feels. It’s a special feeling when you win your first race down here. It meant a lot to me and it will mean a lot to him.
With the victory, Elliott moves to within two points of the lead in the Blizzard Series point standings. Bubba Pollard has the top spot after winning the first race and finishing third on Friday night. The top two spots in the standings will earn automatic starting spots in the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby.
The Blizzard Series will be back in action on Friday, June 25th for the third 100-lap Super Late Model event of the 2010 season.
Five Flags Speedway
1 9 Chase Elliott 100
2 51 Josh Hamner 100
3 18 Bubba Pollard 100
4 112 Augie Grill 100
5 10 Johanna Long 100
6 10 Paul Kelley 100
7 1 Mike Garvey 100
8 41 Chris Davidson 100
9 67 Jeff Fultz 100
10 82 Donnie Wilson 100
11 99 Casey Smith 100
12 2 John Bolen 100
13 11 David Rogers 100
14 23 Jeremy Rice 100
15 21 Brandon Carlson 99
16 10 Danny Bagwell 99
17 3 Rocky Boyd 70
18 29 Alan Karnes 68
19 49 Ryan Lawler 28
20 1 Eddie Mercer 23
21 18 Dave Mader III 23
22 99 Junior Niedecken 22
23 92 Ron MacDonald 10
For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Papa John’s 100 or the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.
Chase Elliott - #9, leads Bubba Pollard - #18 at Five Flags Speedway. (Late Model Digest Photo)
Josh Hamner - #51 and Johanna Long - #10 got off pit road first. Both ended up in the top five. (Late Model Digest Photo)
Eddie Mercer was never around to see the finish at Five Flags. (Late Model Digest Photo)