You’re Chase Elliott. And you’ve just become the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion.
You’ve also become the first rookie to win the NNS title and the youngest champion ever across all three NASCAR national series.
You’ve also now made yourself and your proud papa, former Sprint Cup champion Bill, the fifth father-son combo to capture NASCAR championships.
And you know all of this won’t lessen the impatience of NASCAR fans that are now even more eager to see you rise to the top-level Sprint Cup Series. Not by one iota.
So…When’s it gonna happen, champ?
“First and foremost, that’s not my decision to make and I don’t know – we don’t know what tomorrow brings, much less stuff like that,” Elliott said during a chat with NASCAR AMERICA’s Rick Allen on today’s show. “So I don’t know. I know when our deal came together with NAPA at the beginning of this season, it was for this year and next year running the Nationwide Series.
“That’s really the only thing I know for sure. Beyond that, I’ll just take it a race at a time, try to do my job each week, and the rest, hopefully, will figure itself out.”
For more of Elliott’s thoughts on his biggest racing accomplishment to date, check out his full interview with Allen in the clip above.
The invite has been received, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. has another iRacing event on his schedule.
The NASCAR on NBC analyst tweeted Wednesday that he will make his debut in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge with Saturday’s race at Michigan Speedway. The race will be shown live on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
The 2-mile oval was chosen by IndyCar drivers as the third track in the six-race series. Earnhardt heartily endorsed Michigan as a potential iRacing venue Monday along with Daytona and Talladega. Michigan nearly was selected by fans as the opener in the iRacing Challenge.
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Earnhardt, a longtime avid iRacing fan, had been lobbying since last Thursday that he was interested in racing with IndyCar drivers.
He has driven in the first three races of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational, finishing second to Denny Hamlin in the opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Last year, he attended his first Indianapolis 500, working as an analyst as part of NBC Sports’ inaugural broadcast of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
“I’d love to do it,” Earnhardt said Monday about joining the IndyCar iRacing Challenge. “I think I’d love to get to know those guys.
“I had such a great time at the Indy 500 last year, and the reception that I received from other drivers there really meant a lot to me. So I know they’re all a lot of great dudes in that series that I already know that I’d love to get to know some of them even better.”
It already has been quite the week for Earnhardt, who was announced Monday as one of 15 nominees for the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The field for Saturday’s race at Michigan should include another NASCAR driver in Jimmie Johnson. The seven-time Cup champion has driven the first two races of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge (and has plans to race IndyCar part time in the future).