Chase Elliott’s father is none other than Bill Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Bill Elliott won sixteen races in 1988, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. He earned his first Winston Million in 1985 by winning three of NASCAR’s crown jewel races: the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Southern 500 at Darlington, and the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. This legendary driver is a three-time winner of NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Award and was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Chase Elliott began his racing career in 2002 when he competed in dirt modified races. In 2008, he began racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at age fourteen. He continued to race in that series until 2010 when he moved up to the Camping World Truck Series in which he ran eight races and earned one top-five finish. He also made his Xfinity debut that season for JR Motorsports at Phoenix, where he finished seventh.
In 2011, Chase Elliott began competing in the ARCA Racing Series for his own team, Chase Elliott Racing. He competed there until 2013, winning at Toledo Speedway and Iowa Speedway. In 2012, he made his first Sprint Cup Series start in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway for Hendrick Motorsports where he ran in the top ten for most of the race.
He made his Xfinity Series debut in 2013 at Watkins Glen, driving the No. 25 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports. He led twenty-four laps and finished fourth. He also drove the No. 5 Hendrick Chevy in three late-race Sprint Cup Series starts that year. He placed second in his first Xfinity start at Mid-Ohio, then placed fourth in back-to-back races at Kentucky and Dover.
Chase Elliott competed full time in the Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports as an injury replacement for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who missed half the season due to a concussion. In his Sprint Cup Series debut, he qualified fifth and led forty-four laps in the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway. In just seven starts that year Chase Elliott earned two top fives and four top tens.
Chase Elliott won the NAPA Auto Parts Clash after taking the lead with two laps to go. He also made his Daytona 500 debut that year, starting 36th because he wasn’t old enough to compete in the event last season. He finished twenty-fifth after being involved in a wreck late in the race. Elliott won his first career Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International later that year after substituting for an injured Kyle Busch. During that race, he passed Brad Keselowski with four laps to go and held on for the victory after a restart with two laps remaining. This win made him the second-youngest winner in the history of NASCAR’s top three series behind only Joey Logano, who won an ARCA Racing Series event at Chicagoland Speedway in 2006 at the age of sixteen.
He finished fourth in the point standings his rookie season, becoming the first rookie to finish in the top five since Jimmie Johnson in 2002. He was also named Rookie of The Year for 2015. This made him ineligible for the award again this year because he had previously won it, but he has been named the Most Popular Driver.
Chase Elliott’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million, largely due to his endorsement deal with NAPA Auto Parts and sponsorship from Mountain Dew and NAPA Brakes in the Sprint Cup Series, and his endorsement deals with Little Caesars Pizza and Coca-Cola in the Xfinity Series.