NASCAR America: Is Chase Elliott the new face of the sport?
Is Chase Elliott poised to become the face of NASCAR in the wake of his first Cup win?
That question was raised on NASCAR America.
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s Pete Pistone joined the show Thursday to discuss it with Kyle Petty and Carolyn Manno.
“Chase Elliott’s win on Sunday, Carolyn, I think was probably one of if not the most popular win we’ve had with the fans in some time,” Pistone said. “So the conversation started to shift to, is he going to be the person to represent this sport, not just inside the NASCAR universe, but outside the NASCAR universe?”
Pistone said he doesn’t think there is a clear face of the sport at the moment.
“A lot of other fans thought maybe the face of NASCAR isn’t just one person, it’s three people, the ‘Big 3' of Martin Truex, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch,” Pistone said.
Petty said that Elliott’s surge in popularity after the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. shows how much NASCAR is still “tied to our old fans in some strange way.
“We’ve got guys with tons of personality ... (like) Bubba Wallace, guys on and off the race track, who really haven’t done a lot yet,” Petty said. “Chase, he’s won a championship in the Xfinity Series and yes he’s won a Cup race. One single Cup race. So do you become the face of NASCAR with one single cup race? ... How do you get to that point where a guy who wins one race is now the future of the sport?”
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