NBC streaming platform Peacock became the host of the NASCAR produced Chase Elliott documentary, CHASE.
Premiering Wednesday, Aug. 25, Dale Earnhardt Junior narrated the telling of Chase Elliott’s racing career, starting before Elliott was born with Bill Elliott’s rise to stardom.
The 52-minute documentary tells the story of the trials and tribulations Elliott experienced during his rise to stardom, but also highlighted a number of professionals within the racing community who said they knew from an early age how destined for stardom Elliott was.
Here are some of the biggest takeaways from CHASE:
Elliott flies more than we probably realized
In the opening clips of the documentary, Elliott flies into Elliott Field to meet Earnhardt Jr. Locals know that Elliott loves to fly and got that passion from his father, who has been flying since the late ‘70’s. However, Elliott flies himself places more often than you one might realize. In the documentary, Earnhardt Jr. said he remembered a period of time where Elliott was flying himself from Dawsonville to North Carolina for daily meetings during their time together in the Xfinity Series.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. still needs his Pool Room cheeseburger
Elliott personally took Earnhardt Jr. to the Dawsonville Pool Room, where the si-reen goes off throughout Downtown Dawsonville every time Elliott wins a race. Earnhardt Jr. said he thought it was going to be a bar based off the name, but marveled at the amount of racing history covering the walls of the restaurant. However, Earnhardt Jr. told Bill and Cindy Elliott that they did not get to eat there and never knew Elliott washed dishes there in middle school until Cindy told him.
Elliott does not think much about his road course legacy
At the end of the documentary, Earnhardt Jr. asked Elliott if his confidence for the 2021 Cup Series season went through the roof when he saw seven road course races on the schedule. For reference, Elliott has finished top-five in 11 of 18 road course races in his career. Surprisingly, Elliott said that he does not care if a race is on a road course or not, but his mentality is the same. He just wants to win every single one.
You might be a star of the documentary and did not even know it
The documentary contained quite a lot of footage from the celebration at the Pool Room the night Elliott won the 2020 Nascar Cup Series Championship and the parade throughout downtown Dawsonville and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. Easily recognized were several familiar faces, including the voice of North Georgia Sportslink Tim Whitmire and former Chamber of Commerce President Christie Moore.
Elliott was Dawsonville’s hope throughout 2020
There were so many uncertainties throughout 2020. Even NASCAR briefly postponed their season. However, the crazy run that Elliott went on in Oct. and Nov. 2020 to win his first ever Cup Series championship gave hope to everyone in Dawsonville. Getting to relive those moments of high excitement with footage from the night Elliott won was a fantastic trip down memory lane. Elliott gave Dawsonville hope in a time where hope might not have been easy to find.