Artifact: Chase Elliott Championship Gear
by Daniel J. Simone, Ph.D. March 20, 2021
Accession Number: 2020.14
Donor: Chase Elliott
In 2020, Chase Elliott followed in his father’s championship footsteps as the Elliotts became the third father-son duo to win premier series titles, joining Lee (2011) and Richard (2010) Petty, and Ned (2011) and Dale (2014) Jarrett. Bill Elliott (2015) won the championship in 1988.
Driving for Hendrick Motorsports, Elliott picked up five wins in 2020, including a convincing triumph in the season finale at Phoenix Raceway. He tacked on another title for car owner Rick Hendrick (2017), who now has a record 13 championships in NASCAR’s top division.
Pictured are the racing shoes Elliott wore at Phoenix. They are on display at the Hall in the Champion’s Case, where NASCAR’s most recent national touring division champions are recognized. In addition to Elliott, Camping World Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed and Xfinity Series title winner Austin Cindric are honored.
The Elliotts are from Dawsonville, a small town nestled in the north Georgia hills, and this weekend NASCAR returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway, where exciting racing has taken place since 1960. North Georgia has always been a hotbed for stock car racing. NASCAR’s first championship team was based out of Red Vogt’s Garage in Atlanta. Vogt prepared the Raymond Parks-owned (2017) Oldsmobile Red Byron (2018) drove to the first Strictly Stock (premier series) championship in 1949. Chase joins his father, and Tim Flock (2014)—who won twice in 1952 and 1955—as other Georgia drivers to win the title.