(CBS Native)- For the ultimate race of its inaugural season, the Tenting World SRX Sequence has introduced in a ringer well-known within the motorsports world: reigning NASCAR Cup Sequence champion Chase Elliott. For the 25-year-old Elliott, the sequence affords him a chance to do one thing that he’s solely carried out as soon as earlier than, race in opposition to his father Invoice.
The pair shared the observe again in 2013 within the Alabama Pro 125 Late Mannequin race at South Alabama Speedway. Now, eight years later, they’ll get to race once more on a observe they’re each conversant in: Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
“The entire thing is like going to your native go kart observe on the most important stage, you’re going to have some enjoyable,” CBS SRX sequence pit reporter Matt Yocum mentioned. “And that’s what it’s for Chase and Invoice to have that chance, perhaps one ultimate time, of getting an opportunity, two champions in NASCAR, to have that particular second of racing in opposition to one another. And I’m glad that SRX was there to supply the chance. What higher place than one in all, if not probably the most, historic racetracks within the nation so far as quick tracks go. I can’t wait to be part of the published staff for it.”
Like Yocum, analyst James Hinchcliffe was thrilled when the announcement was made that Elliott could be becoming a member of the driving force lineup for the ultimate race of the season as a result of it add only one extra enjoyable component to the published.
“I used to be blown away. I believed it was so cool that we might get a present, lively Cup driver in any respect nevermind one of many stars of the game and the reigning champion,” Hinchcliffe mentioned. “Add on to the truth that it’s solely the second time him and his dad have gotten to race one another. There’s so many cool angles to that story. I used to be thrilled that it occurred. And it hopefully opens the door for extra Cup guys or not less than extra lively, full-season guys to return do a race or two subsequent season.”
Whereas the father-son battle will after all have loads of enjoyable and lighthearted moments, the 2 are opponents and the motion on the observe is bound to be a battle. Elliott has arguably the latest expertise of any driver within the area at NFS having gained the All American 400 there in 2013. For Hinchcliffe, that have makes him one of many drivers to look at this weekend.
“The ringers have truly been very aggressive each single week and it’s been enjoyable to have that as a part of the sequence. I believe truthfully, the man which may have the latest expertise is Chase Elliott. He gained a race again in 2013 so his data of the observe and his expertise is perhaps slightly brisker than dad’s or Michael Waltrip’s could be. So it’s going to be fascinating,” Hinchcliffe mentioned. “He clearly doesn’t have 5 weeks of racing these automobiles below his belt however in the event you take a look at his schedule he’s doing three races within the three nights main as much as Saturday after which clearly racing within the Cup automobiles on Sunday so seat time has undoubtedly not been quick for younger Chase so it’s going to be enjoyable to look at him as nicely.”
As for the Elliotts themselves, they’ve totally different views on who could have the higher hand on Saturday night time.
“I actually don’t, I take a look at it from the standpoint of the extra expertise you bought, the higher you’re. The extra you’re in a race automotive the higher you’re and for me, I’ve simply run slightly little bit of highway racing over the previous couple of years. Working ovals and what we’re doing right now, it’s an entire totally different stage,” the elder Elliott mentioned. “Particularly, the final time he went to Nashville, he gained there so I don’t count on any totally different.”
“I really feel like these guys have the higher hand. I haven’t raced one in all these automobiles earlier than,” Chase mentioned. “I’m simply excited to get again to Nasvhille. There was actually two items of the puzzle for me that made me need to do it. One, to Tony’s (Stewart) level, you don’t have the chance to race together with your dad on a regular basis particularly on a platform like this and sequence like this. And quantity two, to assist the Fairgrounds, that’s been a giant matter of dialog particularly within the NASCAR world the previous couple of years.”
The ultimate race of the Tenting World SRX Sequence season begins at 8 p.m. Japanese Time on CBS Tv Community and streaming by way of Paramount+.