NASCAR AMERICA: A conversation with Chase Elliott (VIDEO)

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Today on NASCAR AMERICA, Nationwide Series rookie Chase Elliott called in to talk about his inaugural NNS victory Friday at Texas Motor Speedway – which came three days before he got back to his high school classes.

As we detailed late Friday night, the 18-year-old Elliott – the son of 1988 Sprint Cup champion Bill Elliott – is a senior at a private Christian school in suburban Atlanta. At the time, he expected to have a “normal Monday” at school, even after all the buzz his win was to receive.

And sure enough, Elliott told host Rick Allen that he was “in the same boat as everybody else.”

“Nobody likes going to school or work on Mondays,” he said.

For more on Elliott, check out the clip above. And for more on NASCAR, be sure to check out NASCAR AMERICA weekdays at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Remember: You can browse through past clips from the show in our NASCAR AMERICA archive page.

F1 2017 driver review: Carlos Sainz Jr.

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Carlos Sainz Jr.

Teams: Scuderia Toro Rosso (1-16), Renault (17-20)
Car No.: 33
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P4 (Singapore)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 54
Championship Position: 9th

Carlos Sainz Jr. has always been compared to Max Verstappen given their relative rise and stint together at Toro Rosso, but the Spaniard began to forge his own impressive path through 2017, securing himself a works drive with Renault in the process.

Alongside the struggling Daniil Kvyat for much of the season, Sainz led Toro Rosso’s charge, scoring 48 of its 53 points with a string of impressive drives. His headline moment came in Singapore when he matched Verstappen’s best result in Toro Rosso colors by finishing fourth, capitalizing on the start-line crash and the wet weather with a strong display.

Sainz’s displays led to a call from Renault, who announced just two days before his star display in Singapore he would be joining up for 2018 on loan from Red Bull. However, the deal was accelerated after a deal was brokered to secure Jolyon Palmer’s departure, allowing Sainz to join up from the United States GP onwards.

Sainz made an immediate impression, completing a perfect race en route to seventh on debut for Renault to secure six points that would prove crucial in the final constructors’ championship standings as the French team beat Toro Rosso to P6 in the standings at the last race of the year.

Red Bull retains an option on Sainz’s future beyond 2018, making him a candidate for a seat with its senior team should Daniel Ricciardo opt to leave. Failing that, Renault could offer Sainz the platform he needs to continue his rapid rise in F1 and establish himself at the front of the pack for many years to come.

Season High: Finishing fourth in Singapore after dodging the start-line drama.

Season Low: Crashing out in his final Toro Rosso appearance on the first lap at Suzuka.