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April 6, 2014

Elliott may be NASCAR’s next big star

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FORT WORTH, Texas —

“His daddy,” Earnhardt said. “They’re similar in personality. You had to really work him over to get him upset. He was normally just concerned with his car, getting his car faster, and, you know, back in the mid ‘80s when Bill and his brothers just focused on what they were doing and they would show up and whoop everybody, you know, and they weren’t arrogant and cocky, they just showed up and ran. That’s what he reminds me of.”

Chase Elliott, who had a short window to celebrate the win before he had to head back to the dog days of his senior year of high school in Georgia, things growing up in racing has kept him down to earth during his rapid rise to NASCAR’s national level.

“That’s just kind of how I’ve grown up and I don’t know if that’s the right or wrong way to be, but that’s how I am and hopefully it will work out,” he said.

And despite the easygoing nature he exudes, he insists he’s got a high-level of energy and excitement that rivals any other teenager.

“Winning races gets me excited,” he said while donning the traditional Texas race-winners cowboy hat. “Hopefully I can do more of that and I’ll be more excited in the future.”

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