For most 17-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookies, 200 laps on the rough one-mile Rockingham Speedway would be quite an intimidating experience.
But Chase Elliott isn't your average rookie. Before he could legally drive on the street, he had two victories on the track where his dad, 1988 Winston Cup champion Bill Elliott, won his last race.
"We won the 2011 Pro Cup race at Rockingham," said Chase, "and I think that was my most memorable time at the track. That was a big race and it was cool because dad had won there in the Cup car right before the series stopped racing there.
"I remember being in Victory Lane with him when he won, so it was cool to get back there on my own."
Chase also won in a Sunoco National Tour race at the track in 2010 at 14.
"The biggest thing is that Rockingham is unique when compared to other race tracks," said Chase. "You can run all over it, and that something you don't see often in racing today. You can run from the white line to the wall and win races running. It puts on some great shows and I think it's going to continue to do that."
Despite his success at the track, Chase expects the competition to be tough when the NCWTS returns to Rockingham for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine on April 14.
"I think everyone is going to be on a pretty equal playing field," said Chase, who makes his series debut April 6 at Martinsville. "They know what they're looking for in the trucks and we'll still be kind of new in that series. Those guys having laps in a truck in general, and having run there last year - they'll have some knowledge.
"A lot of guys will be tough, but hopefully we can be right there with them."
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be joined by the UARA-STARS Late Model Series and the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals (FKSSN) for the weekend. The UARA and FKSSN will be competing on Saturday, April 13, with qualifying on Friday, April 12.
The trucks will practice on Saturday with qualifying and racing on Sunday, April 14.
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