Chase Elliott unveiled his retro paint scheme for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Seriesâ€˜ annual throwback race at Darlington Raceway at the Hendrick Motorsports shop on Tuesday.
The blue-and-yellow scheme on his No. 9 Chevrolet is a nod to Elliottâ€˜s late cousin Casey Elliott, who ran a similar look in a variety of colors in the NASCAR Southeast Pro Series and two races in the Xfinity Series in 1993. Casey Elliott passed away in 1996 at the of age 21 from bone cancer, 47 days after his cousin Chase was born.
Born into a racing family, Casey Elliottâ€˜s longtime dream came to fruition when he began racing in NASCARâ€˜s Southeast Pro Series. He earned the pole position in his official series debut in 1992 at Lanier National Speedway, finishing second. In Elliottâ€˜s two-year career in the series, he earned eight top-10 finishes. He was set to begin racing full time in the Busch Grand National Series in 1994, when he received his bone cancer diagnosis that disallowed him from racing. Following that, Elliott became involved motorsports ministry Motor Racing Outreach until his death on Jan. 14, 1996.
Chase Elliottâ€˜s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet is the latest scheme unveiled for the award-winning throwback weekend event at Darlington, which is celebrating â€œSeven Decades of NASCARâ€� in its fourth year.
This marks Chase Elliottâ€˜s third full-time season in the Monster Energy Series. He has earned 46 top-10 finishes in his short career, notably finishing second eight times. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native recorded a career-best finish at Darlington in 2016, finishing 10th. He is currently ranked 14th in the series standings.