Chase Elliott claims Tony Stewart treated him the same way the SHR boss is treating Kevin Harvick’s son

Tony Stewart played a significant role in Chase Elliott’s development growing up.

Chase Elliott claims Tony Stewart treated him the same way the SHR boss is treating Kevin Harvick’s son

Chase Elliott, Tony Stewart, Keelan and Kevin Harvick (Via IMAGO)

Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart share a great relationship. It started at a time when Elliott was a young kid following his championship-winning NASCAR driver dad Bill Elliott to the track where he was fighting Stewart for wins every week.

Stewart always treated Elliott dearly and this care gave a special place in the 2020 Cup champions mind for the ex-JGR driver. In a recent podcast appearance, the No:9 Camaro ZL1 driver pointed out that he was treated by Stewart the same way he is looking after Kevin Harvick’s son Keelan on the track while they attend races.

He (Tony Stewart) was such a good guy, he was so good with kids, so funny because I see some of the same way he has treated Keelan, Kevin Harvick’s son on pit road and around the race track and I’m like, man, that’s exactly how I remember my childhood being with Tony too.
Elliott said Via The Pure Athlete Podcast.

This also made Stewart the fisrt driver Elliott was able to come out and admit he liked him as a racer. Chase Elliott has this feeling because growing up in a racing family he found it pretty hard to acknowledge someone from the outside as a favorite. He insisted that it was pretty difficult for him to come out and say it.

Chase Elliott’s Cup debut season has a special meaning for Tony Stewart

2016 marked the end of Stwart’s 18-year-long NASCAR Cup Series career, as the former IndyCar champion hung his fire suit. The same season saw the rise of a new star. Elliott was promoted to drive Jeff Godon’s No:24 car after the legend’s retirement.

Rick Hendrick and Chase Elliott (Via IMAGO)
Rick Hendrick and Chase Elliott (Via IMAGO)
I got the chance to race against him. My first year in Cup was his final season so, that was a pretty cool moment too.

Elliott though went winless, was able to finish the rookie season as the 10th best driver in the table and won the award for best rookie. He had to wait till 2018 to score his first Cup win after a move to the No:9 team and since then Elliott has won 18 races and a championship for HMS.



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