DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (August 10, 2009) Chase Elliott was on a mission from the time the team unloaded at Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway for the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour Anderson 100. After leading practice and qualifying second, Elliott started the No. 9 Aaron’s Dream Machine in eighth. Powered by VP’s MS109 unleaded racing fuel, he worked his way methodically to the front of the field to claim his first win in the competitive ASA SAT series.
“This has been a long weekend, but this is the perfecting ending, to be here celebrating this win with the team,” Elliott said from Victory Lane at Anderson. “We have all been putting in long hours at the shop getting both cars ready for Pensacola and Anderson, and I just can’t thank these guys enough for working so hard. Pensacola was definitely a learning experience for us, but I think that gave us more drive tonight to come here and run strong. The car tonight was perfect, Ricky (Turner, crew chief) gave me an awesome car and it shows because here we are with our first ASA SAT win…and those aren’t easy to get, this is a tough series. I can’t wait to get to Lanier next weekend and see if we can keep this momentum going. A big thank you to Aaron’s and all of our product sponsors who support us and let us have fun doing what we love to do.”
“From the first laps Chase took on the speedway, there was just a determination in him that I almost had to try and calm him down a bit,” crew chief Ricky Tuner said. “We unloaded good, thankfully, and were good in practice really, from the start. We parked the car with about an hour to go in the final practice.
Chase did a good job racing and saving his tires and we were able to achieve our first ASA SAT win of the season. I was really proud of the whole team effort.”
After topping the leader board in practice, Elliott laid down a 15.69-second lap during qualifying, just 0.05 seconds off the lap of fast qualifier TJ Reaid. As luck would have it, Elliott drew the highest number, an eight, in the random draw for starting position, dropping him to the outside of the fourth row for the start of the Anderson 100.
Elliott, who takes the calls from his dad, Bill Elliott, up in the spotters’ stand, settled into eighth at the drop of the green flag, hitting his marks and focusing on conserving his tires for the end of the 100-lap race.
On lap 40, Elliott switched gears and set up Max Gresham in the No. 7-11. After clearing Gresham and moving into seventh on lap 41, Elliott picked up two more positions before the half-way mark to move into the top-five.
On lap 53, Elliott cleared fellow Georgia driver Jason Hogan’s No. 92 and then took over third place from local Late Model veteran No. 32 Randy Porter the following lap. With leader Austin Hill a half a straightaway ahead of them, TJ Reaid and Elliott hooked up and reeled in the No. 24. On lap 84, the two Georgia young guns made their way around Hill to move into first and second.
On lap 86, Elliott moved the Aaron’s Dream Machine around the No. 41 to take over the lead from Reaid. After surviving the first restart on lap 88, Elliott avoided what could have been a tragic ending to a dominating run when he and No. 84 Clay Alexander, who was a lap down, made contact, sending Alexander spinning. As Elliott approached the No. 84, Alexander moved up the track and Elliott, thinking he was moving out of the way of the leaders, started to drive by him on the inside, just as Alexander started moving back down. The contact sent the No. 84 into a half spin while the Aaron’s Dream Machine drove on.