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NASCAR’s Chase Elliott notes similarities to Dale Earnhardt Jr., releases


Aug. 25 (UPI) — Chase Elliott is a three-time Cup Series Most Popular Driver, but keeps many details of his life private. Fans will get a chance to find out more about the NASCAR star as part of an NBC documentary, released Wednesday.

Chase can be streamed on Peacock and also will air at 5 p.m. EDT Saturday on NBCSN. The documentary follows Elliott through his hometown of Dawsonville, Ga., alongside host Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“To have opportunity to collaborate with NBC and Dale, who is a friend, I felt like made a lot of sense,” Elliott told UPI last week.

“We can casually experience a day around [my] home and he can experience a new town in a different part of the country he has never seen. It was good and we had fun with it.”

Elliott, the son of NASCAR Hall of Fame Bill Elliott, said he shares a lot of similarities with Earnhardt, the son of late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Their dads dominated NASCAR’s oval tracks, but Earnhardt, 46, and Elliott, 25, didn’t speak with each other then. They became much closer when Elliott joined Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports Xfinity Series team in 2014.

They often bond about their similar upbringings and popularity with the fans. Earnhardt Jr. was named Most Popular Driver 15 times, second only to Bill Elliott’s 16 selections. Earnhardt Sr. also claimed the honor in 2001.

“Our paths with our fathers and how that has transpired is similar,” Elliott said. “His road is different than mine in a lot of ways, but in some ways similar.

“We share some things that are unique. I’ve always respected him and how he has dealt with [challenges] throughout his life. The man and person he is today is really impressive. He seems like he has life organized correctly, which is something we can all appreciate.”

Earnhardt retired from full-time racing in the Cup Series in 2017, but still sometimes competes in the Xfinity Series. He is set to drive in the 2021 GoBowling 250 on Sept. 11 in Richmond, Va. He also works as one of NBC’s top NASCAR commentators.

Bill Elliott and other members of Elliott’s family also are featured in the NBC documentary. Elliott, the 2020 Cup Series champion, ranks fourth in the Cup Series’ projected playoff standings. He owns two victories, 11 Top 5 finishes and 15 Top 10 finishes in 25 starts this season.

He will complete in the Cup Series regular season finale at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The race airs on NBC.

“Most people who have followed NASCAR for any period have heard of my dad or certainly of Dale Sr.,” Elliott said.

“When you have a dad involved in something like that, it breeds added attention to their kid. It’s not that Dale or I asked for that, but we both wanted to race and both enjoyed it. That was all we knew.

“Fortunately for him and me, we had the right opportunities at the right times and were able to chase our dreams and the fans have been supportive the whole way.”



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