Driver Chase Elliot welcomed in Atlanta


HAMPTON, Ga. -- Driver Chase Elliot got a lucky charm on Friday - a University of Georgia football jersey with his name and number on the back of it.

Elliot, a Dawsonville native, is a known Bulldogs fan and is driving the No. nine car that his father made famous.

“It was a nice gesture more than anything,” Elliott said. “Man, there were a lot of teddy bears I felt like sent in. A lot of St. Patrick’s Day charm items sent in."

Elliott has two top-10 finishes in his two Monster Energy Cup Series starts at Atlanta and was eighth in 2016 and fifth in 2017.

He will be debuting the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Atlanta.

“I mean I hope it goes really well,” Elliott said. “First off, I don’t think it is really fair for us to show up here at Atlanta and everybody get a judgment on where we stack up here. This is our first go at it as well as everybody else’s. We saw other manufacturers come here last year being their first week and didn’t necessarily fire off the best, but were the best before it was over with. I think you have to give it a little bit of time.”

Atlanta Motor Speedway has held more 500-mile races than any NASCAR track. Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is the 103rd and 96th consecutive for the Hampton venue.

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