FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Chase Elliott has grabbed his first career Nationwide Series victory, using a strong pass of Kevin Harvick and then pulling away for an easy win at Texas Motor Speedway.
The 18-year-old won in his sixth career start and became the fourth driver in Nationwide history to earn his first series victory at Texas.
The victory continues the youth initiative in NASCAR as first-time winners have now won consecutive races for the first time since 2008. Two weeks ago, 21-year-old Kyle Larson scored his first career win at California.
Elliott was strong Friday night but was second behind Harvick on the final restart with 23 laps to go. He flirted several times with making a pass for the win, and completed the move with an outside pass and never looked back.
Elliott is a student at King's Ridge Christian Academy in Alpharetta.