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Young racers recognized
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From left, Mayor Pro-Tem James Grogan, Cindy Elliott and Gordon Pirkle talk Monday about plans for revamping the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame to include youth racers. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

Chase Elliott is making a name for himself in the world of NASCAR, and his hometown is taking note.


Recently, the young racer secured a fourth place finish during his NASCAR debut April 2 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway during the K&N Pro Series East circuit’s season opener.


It was the first NASCAR-sanctioned event for the second-generation racer from Dawsonville. Elliott, 15, is the son of local racing legend Bill Elliott.


Coinciding with his recent success, volunteers at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame are putting together an exhibit at the museum in honor of Elliott and other young drivers.


Mother, Cindy Elliott, said it’s an exciting milestone.


“We’re hoping to expand it not just to Chase, but we want to include a lot of the youth that are coming up in racing right now. We want to make this about the next generation of racing.”


Racing Hall of Fame President Gordon Pirkle said the museum’s volunteer board was all in agreement to add the new exhibits to the facility.


Mayor Pro-Tem James Grogan said the racing hall of fame will benefit from the new additions to the museum.


“It’s going to add a whole new element to the museum,” Grogan said. “We’re excited.”