Chase Elliott remained a hot topic on social media throughout the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. The rookie driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet performed remarkably well early in the season even before racking up three wins and a strong lead in driver points. By the second-to-last race of the season at Phoenix, clinching the championship was within Chase’s sights.
— Cindy K. Elliott (@cindyelliott9) November 8, 2014
Chase didn’t win at Phoenix, but his fifth-place finish was enough to make his points lead insurmountable. Chase became the youngest driver and first rookie ever to win a NASCAR national series championship. At NAPA, we celebrated the moment with a fun video.
Even the parody Twitter feed @NASCARcasm got serious for a moment.
— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) November 16, 2014
Back in Chase Elliott’s home town in Georgia, folks at the famous Dawsonville Pool Room cheered on the new champ.
No one becomes a championship all alone. Chase thanked those who worked hard to help him succeed.
After the final race at Homestead, JR Motorsports team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was certainly happy with the rookie driver’s results.
Chase delivered fans a message of gratitude, too.
Elliot Mabe handles PR for Chase Elliott at JR Motorsports, so he gets an up-close view for all the action, including Chase hoisting his championship trophy high after the final race at Homestead.
Meanwhile, NAPA shared a super-condensed, 15-second look at Chase’s entire 2014 Nationwide Series season.
At the official award ceremony, the No. 9 team looked dapper and proud.
Chase Elliott’s right hand got a little heavier that night.
— Mike Rearden (@mike_rearden) November 18, 2014
To put the icing on an already spectacular season, Chase won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver award, too.
He’s a champ. He’s a rookie. And now he’s popular too. Chase Elliott takes all three top awards in @NASCAR_NNS. Never been done.
— Mike Davis (@MikeDavis88) November 17, 2014
Nick Palermo is a freelance automotive writer and NAPA Know How blogger. Since becoming an auto news and reviews contributor at AutoTrader.com in 2011, he has broadened his coverage of the automotive industry to include topics like new car technology, antiques and classics, DIY maintenance and repair, industry news and motorsports. A committed advocate for automotive media professionals, Nick is a member of the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association.