Rookie Elliott wins at Darlington, tames ‘The Lady In Black’

By Noel Lanier Special to The Newberry Observer

April 15, 2014

DARLINGTON — It was clearly a case of David vs. Goliath when rookie Chase Elliott took on the legendary Darlington Raceway — the track known as “Too Tough To Tame” — and slayed it with vengeance.

And, in accomplishing the feat, he took on veteran drivers the likes of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth to claim his second consecutive Nationwide Series win in the VFW Sportclips Help a Hero 200.

It also marked the first time ever that Elliott, the 18-year-old son of five-time Darlington winner Bill Elliott, had turned laps at the Darlington Raceway.

Sporting the NAPA Auto Parts logo on his #9 Chevrolet Camaro, Elliott showed his “know how” to get around the Darlington oval.

Elliott became the youngest in the series to win twice and the youngest winner at Darlington. He will graduate from high school on May 17.

Elliott Sadler held on for second place, while Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch were third and fourth, respectively.

Elliott leads in the point standings topping JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith by seven points. Elliott led 52 of the 147 laps, second only to Busch’s 84 laps led.

Ironically, Elliott missed his senior prom Friday night, but he was not in the least bit disappointed.

“I had a good date tonight, the Lady In Black, can’t forget about that,” he said from Victory Lane.