He’s produced three top-five finishes in six starts this year and ranks second in the series standings, a mere four points behind fellow young star Kyle Larson.
All Elliott needs to truly “arrive” is his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. He’ll get the chance to accomplish the feat in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway – the site of his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Texas – what a fun place,” Elliott said. “I think Texas will always be special to me after getting my first XFINITY Series win there.”
The No. 24 Chevrolet driver finished fifth (spring) and fourth (fall) in his two Texas starts last season. On Sunday, he’ll have to contend with defending winner Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson, who boasts a track-record six victories.
“Texas is a place I enjoy going to and after the good runs we had there last season, I’m definitely looking forward to returning,” Elliott said.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!