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Chase Elliott honors late cousin with Southern 500 paint scheme

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CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Elliott didn’t get to know his cousin Casey. But he heard the stories of his relative, who raced before he died of cancer in 1996 at age 21.

Chase will honor the life of his cousin by having a paint scheme Casey raced in 1993 as his throwback paint scheme for the Sept. 2 Southern 500 (airs on NBCSN).

Chase Elliott unveiled the yellow NAPA car with his dad Bill and uncle Ernie on Tuesday night.

“Growing up around Casey, he was just such a good kid,” Bill Elliott said. “It’s hard to talk about. He had a great outlook on life. … Even through his tough times, as he went on with the stuff he fought, he still had a great outlook. He was just the kind of kid everybody wanted to look up to.”

Said Chase: “A lot of the people that worked either at uncle Ernie’s engine shop or dad’s race shop over the years had been there for a long time. They either grew up with dad and uncle Ernie or was there when Casey was growing up and coming along, too.

“I got to chance to get to know a lot of those guys. They shared a lot of stories with me. They told me what kind of a person he was. That to me is where I grew my appreciation. Beyond that, I feel like what people leave behind often tells the true story as to what kind of person they were. How much everyone missed him and talked about him years and years after he hasn’t been around says a lot, too.”

Casey Elliott ran in the Slim Jim All-Pro Series full-time and ran two races in what is now the Xfinity Series in 1993. His cancer was discovered after that season.

He died in Jan. 14, 1996, less than two months after Chase Elliott was born.

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Daytona 500 pole deja vu links Alan Gustafson and Chase Elliott, Bill and Ernie Elliott

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Chase Elliott winning the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500 for the second consecutive year is somewhat of a case of déjà vu.

It’s the second straight year that Elliott has taken the pole for the “Great American Race.”

And it’s the third consecutive year that Elliott’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson, has been the pole-winning crew chief for the Daytona 500: twice with Elliott and with Jeff Gordon in 2015.

Here’s where the déjà vu comes into play: back in the mid-1980s, Chase’s father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, also won the pole for the Daytona 500 three consecutive times (from 1985-87) – all with the same crew chief, his brother (and Chase’s uncle) Ernie Elliott.

In fact, in the six races at Daytona International Speedway from 1985 through 1987 – three Daytona 500s and three summer races – Bill and Ernie Elliott captured four poles and were outside pole winners the two other times.

“That was something that was really cool to me,” Chase Elliott said during Wednesday’s Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway. “That’s pretty special, I think, a little bit of family heritage there with Alan, and I’m proud to have, like I said, a very, very small part in that.”

The younger Elliott, last year’s NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year, took the pole for Sunday’s race with a field-best lap of 46.663 seconds at 192.872 mph. Not only was it his second consecutive pole at Daytona, it was his third career Cup pole overall.

There’s more to the story, though: the younger Elliott becomes only the fifth driver in NASCAR history to win the Daytona 500 pole back-to-back in consecutive years. Of course, father Bill, is another member of that quintet.

And Bill and Chase are the fourth father-son combo to earn the pole for the “Great American Race.”

It’s also the fifth consecutive Daytona 500 pole for Chevrolet and the fifth time Hendrick Motorsports has owned the first two spots on the front row, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the outside of Elliott for Sunday’s race.

“That’s really cool to me,” Elliott said of all the related pole sitting trivia. “I’m happy to have a small part in that for sure.

“To date back, I know how much success they had down here and how much they enjoyed coming and how good Dad was at racing at this place and how good Uncle Ernie is at building motors to this day.

“It means a lot to me, so that’s pretty cool.”

What’s next? Can Chase earn his first career NASCAR Cup win this Sunday (and with Gustafson on top of the pit box)? It would continue the déjà vu theme, as father Bill is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500 (1985, 1987) with brother Ernie also on the pit box.

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Sheila Elliott, wife of NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott, back in jail


Sheila Elliott is back in custody after violating conditions of her release from a March 18 incident where she allegedly tried to run over her husband, noted NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott.

According to the Dawson News, Sheila Elliott, 63, was arrested June 2 for violating a court order that allowed her release.

She had been originally arrested for aggravated assault on her husband, when she allegedly attempted to hit him with her 2004 Mercedes at Ernie Elliott’s shop/garage in Dawsonville, Ga.

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Ernie Elliott was not injured in the incident, according to sheriff’s officials.

Sheila Elliott was originally released on May 12 after signing a consent bond that allowed her to leave jail on her own recognizance, but with the stipulation that she enter a residential treatment facility in Atlanta.

On June 1, Sheila Elliott told officials that she intended to leave the facility, even though that would violate her release order. She was taken into custody the next day by Dawson County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office officials, and her bond was revoked.

She is back in custody in Dawson County jail in Dawsonville.

Sheila Elliott is the sister-in-law of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott and aunt of defending Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott.

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Wife of noted NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott remains jailed on felony charge


The wife of noted NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott remains in custody more than a week after her arrest on felony aggravated assault charges for allegedly attempting to run over her husband with her car.

Sheila Elliott, 63, of Dawsonville, Ga., was arrested April 1. A bond of $10,000 was set Tuesday by Magistrate Judge Tony Tarnacki.

A check of Dawson County (Ga.) Sheriff Office inmates shows Sheila Elliott is still in custody as of mid-Wednesday afternoon.

The sister-in-law of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott and aunt of defending Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott, Sheila Elliott is slated to appear for a preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court on April 29.

Tarnacki set several restrictions upon Sheila Elliott if she posts bond, including:

* She cannot have any contact with her husband.

* She must stay away from the Elliott family business on Elliott Family Parkway in Dawsonville.

Ernie Elliott owns and operates a shop there, where the original incident occurred on March 18. Sheila Elliott allegedly attempted to run over her husband with her 2004 Mercedes sedan.

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Ernie Elliott reportedly dove under a trailer to avoid being struck by his wife’s car. He was uninjured in the incident, according to a report by the Dawson News.

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