Jeb Burton, Chase Elliott do their family names proud

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Shortly after they both received “NASCAR Next ” status, Jeb Burton and Chase Elliott have shown why they earned it.

20-year-old Jeb, son of the 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton and nephew of current Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton, earned his first victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last night at Texas Motor Speedway after holding off Ty Dillon by less than two-tenths of a second. Then earlier this afternoon at Pocono Raceway, 17-year-old Chase – son of former Cup champion Bill Elliott – became the youngest winner in the history of the ARCA series by charging from 33rd starting position to victory in a 200-mile race.

Both Jeb (pictured) and Ward, who was in attendance for his son’s big win, were thankful for the former to have an opportunity after his 2012 campaign was curtailed due to a lack of sponsorship.

“I watched this race on the couch last year, and I knew I could run with them guys — I just didn’t have the money to do it,” Jeb told NASCAR.com. Added Ward: “As a father, I was stressed, to say it mildly, that I couldn’t provide the opportunity for my son.”

But it’s all appeared to have worked out well enough, and Ward was indeed one proud papa last night at Texas.

“Shoot man, this is the most special moment in motorsports I’ve ever experienced,” he said.

As for Chase, who tested at Pocono on Wednesday, his first career ARCA win also added to the Elliott legacy at the track. His father, Bill, collected five Cup victories at “The Tricky Triangle” during his career, the last of which came in 2002 while driving for Ray Evernham.

“It was just a little over 10 years ago I was standing in victory lane with Dad,” Chase said according to The Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass. “I have some pictures, and I think that is really cool…I knew it would mean a lot if we could do it.”

Before today, Shelby Howard had been ARCA’s youngest-ever winner, taking the checkered flag in 2003 at Kansas Speedway at 17 years, 11 months old. Chase is 17 years, six months old.

Supercross points leader Eli Tomac finds silver linings in interruption

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Though his Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship charge was put on hold, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had a silver lining for Eli Tomac.

Off the road while the season was postponed for nearly three months, the points leader was able to be present as his girlfriend, Jessica, gave birth to their daughter, Lev, on April 26

“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.

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“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”

But there also could be more good fortune for Tomac as the series resumes Sunday at Salt Lake City, Utah (3-4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4-6 p.m. on NBC).

The final seven events will be held over 22 days in Rice-Eccles Stadium, which sits at just over 4,000 feet.

The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).

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“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.

“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”

Supercross will race Sunday and Wednesday for the next three weeks, capping the season with the June 21 finale, which also will be shown on NBCSN from 3-4:30 p.m. ET and NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.

Tomac, who holds a three-point lead over Ken Roczen (who also recently visited “Lunch Talk Live”), told Tirico he had been riding for 90 minutes Thursday morning on a track outside Salt Lake City.

“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”

Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:

  • Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
  • Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).
Eli Tomac rides his No. 3 Kawasaki in the Feb. 29 race at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (Charles Mitchell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).