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Elliott's 'Chase U' a big hit with Talladega college students
RELATED: Read more about 'Chase U' TALLADEGA, Ala. -- This crowd of college students was certainly happy to see Chase Elliott. Standing in the outfield of Talladega Superspeedway, they cheered and yelled over the sound of booming rap music for their favorite No. 24 driver's entrance into his Chase University tailgate appearance on Saturday afternoon. Several more asked for autographs, many photos, which Elliott obliged. Picture college students from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia -- or even Indiana, as a fan clad in a Hoosiers cap said -- all together at one tailgate. Except they're rooting for one team here -- Elliott's No. 24 team. "This place is just so well-known for the party, I guess, and people coming and getting rowdy here," Elliott told NASCAR.com on the way over to the event. "So, I think that's probably why more than anything and then that reputation that it has attracts local college students." RELATED: Get the scoop on Chase's special shoes for Talladega Saturday's Chase U appearance was the sixth for Elliott, who started this initiative back in October 2016 because he wanted to provide an affordable good time for college students at the race track. A $24 ticket with a valid college ID grants a student admission to the entire weekend experience, including the race and the tailgate with music, games and more. "I think it's a bargain, really," Elliott said. "There are a lot of things that come along with it for that price. From that side, the race tracks have been great and really good to work with and support that." While Elliott's budding racing career keeps him from having a typical college experience, the Chase U initiative has allowed the 21-year-old to have a little taste of it at the race track. "I have a lot of friends that are in school, so I kind of see some of the things that they do and some of the things that they're interested in," said Elliott, who met three of his buddies at Saturday's tailgate. "So (I) thought it might be a cool way to invite people like that to have a good time. "… To me, (it has been fun) to see some of the different towns that we’ve done it in, some of the different schools and surrounding cities. Just getting to see … the diversity there is fun to see and how people kind of do things different." RELATED: Hooters rewards fans when Elliott nabs a top-five finish Standing up on stage in front of a rather boisterous crowd, Elliott seemed to jell just fine with the collegiate crowd. An avid Georgia Bulldogs fan, Elliott gave a playful thumbs-down to the Alabama fans when the Crimson Tide was brought up, but showed his stamp of approval when the announcer asked if there were any 'Dawgs in the crowd. Talladega was one of the first places the Chase U initiative was implemented last year and a track where Elliott hopes to host another at in the fall, he says. Because for these college students -- and a young driver like Elliott -- it's all about the fun. "I think this one here last year was probably my favorite one here at Talladega," Elliott said. "It was a good turnout; we’re having a great time. And that's really all I'm trying to provide is a fun time. Everybody wants to have fun. That's why people come to races, I hope, and that's my main goal." &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Chase Elliott rides the wall at Talladega
Watch as Chase Elliott's No. 24 goes on top of the backstretch wall at Talladega Superspeedway
Hooters rewards fans when Chase Elliott scores a top 5
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega Hooters returns to NASCAR this week with Chase Elliott driving the No. 24 Hooters Chevrolet SS May 7 at Talladega Superspeedway. To celebrate the event, Hooters invites fans to cheer Elliott and his No. 24 team to victory and register at Hooters24.com for chances to win when Elliott wins or places in the top 5 all season long. To receive exclusive "When Chase Wins, You Win" offers, join the Hooters No. 24 Crew at Hooters24.com . If Elliott wins a NASCAR Cup Series race during the remaining 2017 season, registered fans nationwide win a select Hooters appetizer of fried pickles, tater tots or cheese sticks with purchase. If Elliott places in the top five of a NASCAR Cup Series race this season, Hooters fans win a free Mountain Dew® with purchase. Members of the Hooters No. 24 Crew are also entered to win bonus prizes. One lucky winner snags a grand prize trip for two to Las Vegas, including a stay at Hooters Casino and a meet-and-greet with Elliott. Hooters has served as a primary sponsor in more than 150 Cup-level races, notably as the full-season sponsor of 1992 premier series champion Alan Kulwicki. That year, Kulwicki won two races and narrowly edged Elliott's father, 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott, by 10 points to win the title. Hooters is a three-race primary sponsor and full-season associate sponsor of the No. 24 team in both 2017 and 2018. The Hooters Chevrolet SS will appear again on Nov. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway and Nov. 12 at Phoenix International Speedway. Fans are encouraged to use the #Hooters24 hashtag throughout the year to share their excitement and engage via social media. To receive "When Chase Wins, You Win" coupons via email, register for the Hooters No. 24 Crew in advance of race day at Hooters24.com . Each coupon is redeemable two weeks after the qualifying race at Hooters locations nationwide, dine-in only. Select appetizers qualify for the deal. No purchase necessary for grand prize trip to Las Vegas and purchases do not increase chances of winning. Must be 18 years or older and a legal resident of the (48) contiguous United States or Washington, D.C., to qualify. Registration ends Oct. 23, 2017. To find your nearest Hooters location, visit Hooters.com .
Chase Elliott's shoes honor Bill Elliott's qualifying mark
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Chase Elliott wasn't even a glimmer in father and Hall of Famer Bill Elliott’s eye when the elder Elliott drove the No. 9 Ford at 212.809 mph during qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway on April 30, 1987. That blistering-fast speed -- run before restrictor plates were implemented at superspeedways -- remains the track record today. And 30 years later, the younger Elliott is honoring his father's accomplishment by wearing a special pair of Alpine Stars racing shoes for this weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Talladega. "The shoes, I'm pretty excited about them," Elliott said Friday at Talladega. "Thirty years ago this weekend, Dad ran 212 here, which I think is really, really cool." Like his father's original racing shoes, Elliott's new kicks are red, white and gold. On one side, the shoes read "World's Fastest Race Car" along with Bill Elliott’s name. On the other, the 212.809 mph speed and Elliott No. 9 car number are written. But while Elliott's shoes resemble his famous father's from the iconic 212 mph lap around 'Dega, his No. 24 Chevrolet isn't quite the same. "I don't know that I could handle it, but I would definitely try for sure,” Elliott said lightheartedly when asked if he'd run his father’s 212 mph car wide-open. "I'd love to give it a shot. But I don't know that I would have what it takes to hold it wide-open. "I mean, that's not easy, back then. They laid the spoiler back; I remember dad telling me stories, they basically just kept leaning it back until they he just couldn't take it anymore. That was how they figured out when to stop. He just kept pushing limits until he couldn't drive it, which is pretty cool, really." </p>
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Get caught up for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS) RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today What: Third annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Where: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky When: Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET TV/Radio: ESPNEWS/PRN Distance: 200 laps, 300 miles Defending race winner: Ryan Blaney Fastest in practice " Full results First session: Chris Buescher , No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford (174.701 mph) Second session: Cale Conley , No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (175.404 mph) Best consecutive 10-lap average: First session: Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford (170.478 mph) Second session: Chase Elliott , No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (173.298 mph) Former winners in the field: None. Driver debut: "I really feel up to the challenge. There are definitely some big shoes to fill in driving the No. 20 Toyota, but I'll have some great teammates to lean on for these two weeks." -- Justin Boston on making his Nationwide Series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing Bumpy road: "Kentucky has a lot of unique characteristics to it. Whether it's the bump on the front stretch or the multi-grooved corners, it's definitely a fun place to race on." -- Trevor Bayne Recycled knowledge: "Statistically, Kentucky is one of my best tracks, and I hope to continue the trend and have another great race Saturday afternoon. Last time we were here, we battled with an extremely loose car and we weren't able to correct the problem until the closing 50 laps. The plan is to use those adjustments and collectively put together a fast race car that can compete for a victory on Saturday." -- Elliott Sadler Chart toppers: "I would say there is probably four or five of us that still have a shot at (the title). Realistically, maybe a couple of those guys need some bad luck from cars ahead of them. If somebody rolls off three or four wins in a row, those bonus points are huge and you're going to jump right back up into it pretty quickly." -- Regan Smith on the current points standings Closing chance: "This opportunity has been a great learning experience for me, and I'm very grateful for the chance to work with such a talented organization. I hope I can get these guys a great finish and end this three-race-deal on a positive note." -- Chase Pistone on his last scheduled race with Turner Scott Motorsports MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule