Chase Elliott was one among a field of six drivers making their debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event held at Martinsville on Saturday, April 6.
Martinsville is such a different animal than anything else well do this year, said Elliott, driver of the No. 94 Aarons/Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet. Its kind of a place on its own, and it takes a little different approach to get around.
Martinsville Speedway is considered a beast even to a veteran driver with its narrow turns and short straight-aways. And, it was proven during the Kroger 250, packed with 11 cautions for 71 laps and 13 lead changes among seven leaders.
But, Elliott held his own starting in the 8th position, and while dodging multiple cautions and escaping several close calls, he remained in the fields top ten through much of the event.
He said with it being his first event in the NCWTS and the implementation of new tire codes for the first time at Martinsville which featured several changes in the compound and tread all played a part in his strategy.
The truck race is obviously a lot different than a Cup race, Elliott stated. (Martinsville) is so much shorter, and the tires they had brought this particular time were a lot different than the tires they had brought in the past. That contributed to how the track rubbered in. I think things were a lot different this past Saturday than they traditionally have been in the past at Martinsville.
Looking forward to Rockingham Speedway for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 to be held this Sunday, April 14, Elliott said he is pursuing a win.
When we show up, were there to win, he said. Thats been our philosophy anywhere we go. I feel like we are capable of winning races, and I think we can do so if we can get there this weekend.
He added his dedicated sponsorship from Aarons and Hendrickscars.com, played a vital role in his success.
Those are our two big guys, especially Aarons, he said. Their support for me has been pretty phenomenal ever since I was racing Legend cars. Theyve been there with me, and hopefully we can stay together for a long time.
The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame will be showing the race live on the big screen beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 14.