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Veteran will drive No. 33 Chevrolet in season finale RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Richard Childress Racing announced Wednesday that it has signed second-generation driver Scott Lagasse Jr . to NASCAR Nationwide Series duty for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Lagasse, scheduled to make just his third Nationwide start of the year, will drive the team's No. 33 Chevrolet in the Nov. 15 Ford EcoBoost 300 (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). "I'm honored for the opportunity to drive the RCR No. 33 Chevrolet," Lagasse said. "Mr. Childress runs a first-class organization, from his team all the way down to the equipment he provides for them." Nick Harrison will serve as crew chief for the No. 33 effort, which will carry sponsorship from the Florida Department of Transportation's "Alert Today Alive Tomorrow" program and the Boy Scouts of America. The car has run on a part-time basis alongside Childress' three full-time teams, fielded for drivers Ty Dillon , Brendan Gaughan and Brian Scott . Rookie Cale Conley has driven the No. 33 in 11 races, Paul Menard in seven (including a victory at Michigan in June), and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton in one. The 33-year-old St. Augustine, Florida native is the son of former racer Scott Lagasse, who enjoyed his most successful stint in NASCAR as a full-time competitor in the truck series' inaugural season in 1995. 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
Elliott on teammate Smith: 'When the green flag comes out, he's a competitor' RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today For all those predicting major strides in Chase Elliott 's rookie NASCAR Nationwide Series season, none had to wait too long for validation. Just six races in, the 18-year-old prodigy held off the best of the Sprint Cup double-dippers at Texas Motor Speedway for his first Nationwide win. Now with the season winding down, Elliott returns to the Fort Worth track, the site of his breakthrough victory, with even more validation work behind him. His three wins and a stunning 24 top-10 finishes in 30 races have launched him to the top rung of the standings and within shouting distance of history heading into Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Elliott has a chance to become the youngest champion in any of NASCAR's three national series and the first rookie title-winner in Nationwide Series history. The youngster -- along with teammate Regan Smith , 42 points back in second place -- also has a shot at the first Nationwide crown for JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr . Even with the burden of a championship battle potentially intensifying in its last three races, Elliott has remained on an even keel without looking too far ahead. "I just try to keep it as simple as possible and keep it as stress-free you can and take it a week at a time," Elliott said. "I put a lot of emphasis on that, and that's just the truth. You've got to take it a week at a time and try to just compete for wins. I think that's the best way to go about it. Hopefully we're still in the hunt when it counts and we can battle to the end." While Elliott has lofty goals, so does his veteran teammate. Smith, 31, prevailed in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway and has matched his teammate's tally of 24 top-10s in 2014. While the spirit of teamwork has become part of the collective fabric at JRM, Elliott said that offering help has some natural limits. "It's no different than racing anybody else," Elliott said. "Regan's a great teammate, and he's a good racer, a very smart racer, and he's helped me a lot this year. Each week, we share information, and that's great and all, but when the green flag comes out, he's a competitor. I look at it that way and so does he." Behind the two front-runners in the series standings is a three-way logjam for third through fifth place. Brian Scott sits third, 61 points behind Elliott. The Richard Childress Racing driver is just two points ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing's Elliott Sadler and three ahead of RCR teammate Ty Dillon . For Dillon, who prevailed on the 1.5-mile track last fall in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he'll have some extra incentive besides trying to jockey for position in the standings. He'll be racing against brother Austin Dillon , the 2013 Nationwide champ who will be making his first start of the season in the series, driving the RCR No. 33 Chevrolet. The 300 -miler also signals the closing stages of the team owner's championship battle. The Team Penske No. 22 Ford operation currently holds a 31-point advantage over Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota team. Joey Logano will drive the Penske No. 22 this weekend, and Kyle Busch , a six-time Texas winner on the Nationwide side, will be behind the wheel of the No. 54. 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
Chase Elliott starts first in Drive for the Cure 300
Chase Elliott, Regan Smith, and Ryan Blaney offer their thoughts following the Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.