Elliott ready to defend SpeedFest crown this weekend

Elliott ready to defend SpeedFest crown this weekend

Cordele, Ga. – After a busy week participating in Hendrick Motorsports media day on Wednesday, Chase Elliott now puts his focus on what he loves the most — racing.

This weekend marks the first race of the 2012 season for the 16-year-old driver as he returns to the Champion Racing Association SpeedFest events he swept a year ago at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga. This year, the 2012 SpeedFest will be held at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Ga., instead.

“Last year, the race was at Lanier and this year being at a different track is going to throw everybody a curve ball to a point,” Elliott said. “Even though we won SpeedFest last year, I think you have to completely take that out of the equation.”

After ending the 2011 race season on a high note by winning the Snowball Derby in December, Elliott looks to start the season the same way this weekend by battling some of the nation’s best short track racers at the .375-mile racetrack.

“I’m excited to get back to Cordele,” Elliott said. “It’s a fun track that we had some success at in the 2009 season. As a whole, I’m pumped about this weekend being the first race of the year in the Aaron’s Dream Machine, and I know we can start it off strong.”

Elliott will race in both the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented GM Performance Parts, followed by the Rheem 150 for Pro Late Models on Sunday, Jan. 29. The racing action will begin at 2 p.m. local time.