JEFFERSON, Ga. – The last time Chase Elliott raced at Gresham Motorsports Park was on April 7. That evening, he overcame a part malfunction and drove his No. 9 Aaron’s Dream Machine/Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet back through the field not once, but twice to win the late model event at the half-mile track.
Elliott will return to Gresham this weekend to race in the 100-lap super late model event on Saturday, May 12.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to have some really solid late model races at Gresham,” Elliott said. “I believe the reason why is because the Aaron’s Dream Machine/Hendrickcars.com team has really worked hard to improve our No. 9 Chevrolets and not just go from one race to the next. This hard work and dedication gives us that competitive edge because we strive to get better each race weekend.”
Elliott has competed in 11 late model events at Gresham in the past three years. He has posted three wins, seven top-five finishes, eight top-10s and also earned three pole positions at the half-mile track. So far this season, the 16-year-old Elliott has earned four wins and seven top-10 finishes in seven late model events.
Most noteworthy this weekend is Mother’s Day on May 13. Elliott’s mother Cindy has played an important role in Elliott’s racing career from the day it started. As a young child, Elliott spent as much time as he could in the garage with his father Bill early on, while Cindy continued to show her son other sports like golf and tennis.
“I do have some ideas for Mother’s Day, so I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Elliott said. “My mom has always and continues to be really supportive of my racing career. It may not have been her first choice on the list for me to do with my career and my life, but she’s supportive of it for sure.”
At the conclusion of late model qualifying that starts at 6:30 p.m. local time on May 12, Elliott will participate in an autograph session on the track before the event starts.