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Elliott named GRHOF 2013 Driver of the Year

POSTED: November 20, 2013 4:00 a.m.

Second generation racer Chase Elliott, 17, has been named the 2013 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Driver of the Year.

The award honors a current Georgia race driver who has a Hall of Fame worthy season on the track, according Hall of Fame officials.

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Driver of the Year award is determined by votes from prominent Motorsports journalists, who are asked to choose a racer from the state of Georgia who competes on any level in any form of Motorsports whose accomplishments over the past year they feel qualifies them for the award.

"It's something new to us," said Gordon Pirkle, hall of fame president. "We started it three years ago and I'm real proud of this because it ties the next generation in with the old history."

Other drivers in the Hall of Fame included Unadilla's David Ragan, Dawsonville's Donald McIntosh, Senoia's Bubba Pollard and Fayetteville's Shane Clanton.

The son NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, he became the youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA history with win at Pocono on June 8.

Elliott followed that by becoming the youngest (at the time) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner with his Sept. 1 win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Elliott also saw historical success on the short tracks.

He became the first driver to win all four Super Late Model majors with a win in the All American 400 at Nashville, on top of previous wins in the World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park in 2012, the Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in 2011 and the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway in 2010.

Elliott has also scored asphalt late model victories at Gresham Motorsports Park, South Alabama Speedway in Opp, Ala., 5 Flags Speedway, Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Ala., Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele and Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Mo.

"It's been a solid year for us as a whole I think," said Elliott in an email. "We've been able to accomplish some awesome things on a lot of different types of tracks in many different series; with the superspeedway win at Pocono in the ARCA series, our first NASCAR truck win in Canada, and being able to win the All American a few weeks ago."

Elliott is set to compete in both the Snowball Derby and the Snowflake 100 at 5 Flags Speedway next month. He is a former winner of both events, having won the famed Snowball Derby, one of the more prominent races for Super Late Models in 2011.

"It's pretty cool for sure, there are a lot of guys from Georgia that do some great things in the world of racing and it means a lot to be given this title," Elliott said.

The 2013 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, located inside the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

 

 

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