by Stephen Conley
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Chase Elliott and Jeb Burton both come from famous racing upbringings, The sons of NASCAR stars Bill Elliott and Ward Burton. That is where the comparison ends, both drivers make it very clear that their careers will be made based on their own skills and abilities on the race track. Both drivers have had successful careers thus far in every series they have run in, and they continue to build that success as they worked hard testing Tuesday for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway for the Kroger 250 coming up on April 6th.
When asked during a break in the test if being Bill Elliott’s son win bring any added pressure in his career. Responding like a veteran, Elliott said, “He’s my dad and I’m me and I’m trying to make a name for myself. I’m going to try to do my best no matter what.” Burton agreed, “Chase and I are trying to make a name for ourselves,” said Burton. “It’s good to have our fathers in the sport and helps us as much as they can, but once we get into the race car, it’s our own destiny.
“My dad has raised me the best he can, to be respectful of people. He tries to help me on the race track as much as he can and sometimes that is a battle between us. I’m sure Chase has been through the same thing. He wants the best for me, though, and I know Chase’s dad does for him.”
This will be Chase Elliott’s first venture into the top 3 series of NASCAR. He has 9 starts scheduled in the Truck Series this season including both races at Martinsville. The irony of these two starts, neither Bill Elliott nor Ward Burton ever had much success at the famed Virginia oval.
This is just one more reason for these two youngsters to test and race here in trying to develop their own identity—Succeed where their fathers did not.
The 20-year-old Burton is running the entire Camping World Truck Series schedule this year and came out of the gates amazingly strong three weeks ago with a fifth-place finish in the season opener in Daytona.
Burton grew up just a short drive east of Martinsville in South Boston, which, like his father and uncle Jeff Burton got his start at that famed short track,– South Boston Speedway. A lot his family a start at Martinsville will always be special. “Coming here, my hometown track, with a bunch of family and fans here and it’s going to be short-track racing and that’s what I was brought up on … so we need to get out of here with another top-5 finish and keep our momentum,” said Burton.
Elliott and Burton were two of five drivers testing at Martinsville Speedway Tuesday. Others included Miquel Paludo, James Buescher and Caleb Holman. All five will return today for a second day of testing and will be joined by Bryan Silas and Scott Riggs.
At 20 years old for Burton and 17 for Elliott, these two second generation drivers have a long future ahead of them. With Burton Racing full time for Truck Series Powerhouse Turner-Scott Motorsports and Elliott in a Development deal with Hendrick. Those futures are bright.
Tickets for theSTP® Gas Booster™ 500on Sunday, April 7, the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, April 6 and NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series practice and qualifying on Friday, April 5 are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
Tickets for youth 12 and under are just $10 in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 15-52. Teen tickets (ages 13-17) in the same area are $25. Youth and teen ticket prices are good with the purchase of an adult ticket.