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Chase Elliott blogs about the close of 2011

This last month or so really has me asking myself, how on earth can life get any better? Truly, this might be a short blog because I’m still at a loss for words. First, my fans gave me an awesome birthday present by voting for me as the most popular driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – let me tell you, being at the banquet for that honor was an unbelievable opportunity, too.  

Then, my team followed that up by winning the Snowball Derby. Rallying back the way we did and getting to Victory Lane was just a dream come true for me. Finally, Gordon Pirkle got to ring the new siren at the Dawsonville Pool Room just for me. Winning such an historic event alone would have made this year incredible. 

You know, that kind of weekend definitely doesn’t happen very often. I was so excited to come home and celebrate with my family and friends—I couldn’t have anticipated anything better. But my parents followed that up by giving me the surprise of my life. When we landed from the race, I discovered they had gotten me a 2008 Chevy Silverado for my birthday. It’s black, and I can’t tell you how cool it was to drive home with my dad in it. Of course I’ve been driving for a year anyway with my permit, but there is just something special about knowing that I have my own wheels now. It’s an incredible feeling of responsibility, too. Now at the point I got the truck, even though I was 16, I still didn’t have my license. With the crazy racing schedule and school, I wasn’t able to get to the DMV until that next week. But I tell you what, on Dec. 6, I went to the DMV and stood in line and took the test. I messed up on one thing – using my blinker one time – but other than that, I was good to go. I passed. Now I really can drive by myself. As for the truck, I might make a few modifications here and there, but ultimately I’m just thankful to have something to drive period. It’s extremely cool, and it’s definitely something I’ll take care of. 

It’s hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner, and a new racing season is upon us. I hope everybody has a great one, and here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2012. Talk to y’all then! 

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports driver

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