Chase Elliott’s offseason just got a little bit busier. The newly-crowned NASCAR Cup Series Champion will be making his dirt Midget debut over the winter, competing in the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown before heading to the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
Coming off his first title in NASCAR’s premier series, Elliott had already announced plans to compete in the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby. On Tuesday, it was revealed he would also compete in a pair of Midget events, including the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
As first reported by The Athletic on Tuesday, Chase Elliott will compete in the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown with a trip to the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals on January 11-16, 2021. The event routinely features hundreds of entries competing in the premier event for Dirt Midgets in the United States.
Millbridge Speedway confirmed Elliott’s entry into the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown on Tuesday evening. The event, taking place December 12-13, one week after the Snowball Derby, is Millbridge’s first-ever Midget race, and will double as Elliott’s Midget debut.
Elliott didn’t want to show up to such a prestigious event with limited experience in a Midget, leading to his appearance at Millbridge in a few weeks’ time.
“It’s a big thing for me not to go with no experience,” Elliott told The Athletic. “I wanted to race somewhere else before I just showed up in Tulsa. I’m going to be able to achieve that now, but I still think I’m going to embarrass myself because it’s a completely new skill set for me that I don’t know.”
Race fans unable to attend the DiaEdge Carolina Midget Showdown will be able to watch Elliott take on the rest of the Midget stars taking part in the event on Speed51.TV. More entries will be announced in the days leading up to the event on December 12-13.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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