Who doesn’t love a renegade that defies logic, breaks new records and performs the impossible? That’s why Chase Elliott sits high on our “drivers we most envy poll.”
For those sitting on their couch thinking they’ve epically underachieved, nothing is more depressing than watching Chase Elliott, pole sitter for the GEICO 500 at Talladega. He’s fast, rich, famous and perhaps even more depressingly, he’s handsome as f**k. The 20-year-old stands with the awesome title of being the “underage” driver to wave the pole flag this evening, and he couldn’t be prouder.
Coors Light are the official sponsor of the pole award in NASCAR, and like all brands advertising liquid courage, they have to respect the big 21. So it’s with great irony that the face across NASCAR tonight is an underage drinker who looks set to become a future legend of the sport if he keeps going at this pace.
Elliott’s pole-winning lap of 192.661 mph is the second of his short NASCAR career, having put the 24 car on pole at the Daytona 500 earlier this year. This makes it his second restrictor-plate pole in a row. Not too shabby for a rookie in the Spring Cup.
To make things all the more special, Elliott’s father, Bill Elliott, sat on pole position at Talladega exactly 30 years ago to the day.