NASCAR: Chase Elliott To Take Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Tour of His Hometown and Career Story for Peacock Special
Elliott is taking host Dale Jr. around his Dawsonville, Georgia hometown as part of a Peacock TV special. The pair got together to take a trip down memory lane where the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts racer grew up.
The Georgia native is the son of NASCAR icon Bill Elliott who was also born and raised in Dawsonville. Numerous generations of Elliott family members hail from the small north Georgia town with a population of less than 3,000 residents. As you might expect, the Elliott family is well-known in the area, and the father and son are local town heroes.
The NASCAR on NBC Twitter account gave us our first sneak peek at the special on Friday. The clip shows Elliott driving Earnhardt through his hometown of Dawsonville. He takes the former driver to the Pool Room – a local dive that’s become somewhat famous over the years because of the Elliotts. The NASCAR-themed restaurant is filled with history and memorabilia from Bill and now his son Chase’s NASCAR careers. Outsider’s own Wes Blankenship even made a stop at the iconic spot.
Earnhardt also speaks to Chase’s parents who help tell their son’s story. Dale Jr. dives deep into the 25-year-old’s Dawsonville roots and his early racing career. The pair explore Elliott’s rise to the top of NASCAR’s ranks as Chase also speaks about the hometown people who supported him along his journey.
As NBC’s Twitter account says, the special will hit Peacock’s streaming service in August.
Chase Elliott Takes Checkered Flag at Fourth of July NASCAR Race
Not only is Chase Elliott the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion, but he just won his second race of the season on the Fourth of July. Elliott came away victorious during the holiday race in Wisconsin at the Road America track.
Elliott took the checkered flag on Independence Day at a road course event once again. The No. 9 car has been dominant in recent years on NASCAR’s road track events. The Jockey Made in America 250 victory made it Elliott’s seventh victory on a road course track since 2018.
Chase Elliott joined famous company after his team’s second win of the season. He now holds third place in road course victories in NASCAR Cup Series history. The Wisconsin win allowed him to surpass racing icons like Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Ricky Rudd, and Rusty Wallace. Only Tony Stewart (2nd with 8 wins) and Jeff Gordon (1st with 9 wins) have more road course victories than Elliott.
In addition, Elliott has won two of the four road course races this season. Elliott also took the checkered flag at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in May. Considering Elliott is still in his mid-20s, NASCAR fans could be witnessing the most dominant road course driver in the history of the sport. If Elliott continues his solid runs at the tracks, he’ll easily break Gordon’s all-time record of nine road course victories.
After his big win on July 4th, Elliott got a bit excited during his celebrations. He had a close call in his victory burnout where he almost put his No. 9 Chevy into the wall while celebrating. Check out the clip below as he attempted the popular burnout even on the narrow track.