BRISTOL — It was really no surprise that a teenager paced morning testing for the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Although second-generation driver Chase Elliott had never been in a Camping World Truck Series machine on the high-banked short track, he had plenty of not-so secret weapons.
Besides driving a No. 94 Chevrolet for the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports team, the 17-year-old son of former NASCAR champion Bill Elliott had three former NASCAR Cup Series crew chiefs working with him. They included: Pete Wright, a former crew chief for Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte and Lance McGrew, most noted for working with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Most important was Billy Wilburn, who was a part of so many of Rusty Wallace’s Bristol wins.
“We have a lot of information, a lot of guys I can lean to for help,” Elliott said. “Obviously having Billy here at Bristol doesn’t hurt. He’s a really good guy, easy to talk to. We’re on the same page a lot of times. It’s always good with both him and Lance, we know what each other is talking about and that goes a long ways in this sport.”
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