(LONG POND, Pa. – June 8, 2013) – Chase Elliott, driving in a Hendrick Motorsports car, became the youngest ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards superspeedway winner in series history Saturday, crossing the finishing line first in the Pocono ARCA 200.
Elliott started near the back in the field but took the lead with 21 laps remaining and cruised into victory lane at Pocono Raceway, the same track his father, Bill Elliott, won five times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In the Aaron’s-Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet, Elliott was making his superspeedway debut.
"This is a lot of fun," Elliott said in victory lane.
Elliott built a big lead, then held off a great challenge in the closing laps by fellow 17-year-old competitor Erik Jones in the No. 15 ToyotaCare Toyota of Venturini Motorsports.
Series point leader Frank Kimmel, who led 20 laps early in the race, finished third in the Ansell-Menards Toyota while Tom Hessert, in Cunningham Motorsports Barbera’s Autoladn Dodge was fourth. Mason Mitchell was fifth in the No. 99 Happy Cheeks-BeavEx-Reliance Tool Ford and the No. 32 WinTron Racing 811 Call Before You Dig Toyota of Mason Mingus was sixth.
The previous youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA Racing Series history was Shelby Howard, who won at Kansas Speedway in 2003. Howard was 17 years and 11 months old. Elliott is 17 years and six months old.