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Chase Elliott blogs about new season, Martinsville Truck testing

New season. New number. New league. These are a few reasons why I can’t wait to get my 2013 NASCAR season started. But the biggest is another year to partner with Hendrick Motorsports as well as Aaron’s and Hendrickcars.com.

This year, I’ll drive the No. 94 Aaron’s Dream Machine/Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It’s a partial schedule, but it’s a heck of an opportunity, and the plan is we’ll run in the April 6 Truck race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Check the bottom of this blog for my anticipated 2013 NASCAR schedule – you’ll see I’ve also got some ARCA Race Series contests lined up. That, too, should be an adventure.

Running in the Truck series is an exciting new challenge for my team and me, and I’m really looking forward to working again with crew chief Lance McGrew. Just recently, we got a chance to test the No. 94 Aaron’s Dream Machine/Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway back in January. It was my first time racing a truck, so I had to make several adjustments myself behind the wheel. I caught on pretty quickly, though, and during the test we tried to learn as much as possible. It was a great learning experience. Lance and I got a better understanding of what we’ll need when we head to the track.

The truck has a lot more drag, which is apparent when I try to get up to speed. This year, it will be all about getting and maintaining momentum on the track. Once I figured out what it took to find speed in the truck, we reached speeds of 170 mph – that’s the fastest I’ve ever gone.

We’re testing again this week; this time at Martinsville. Running at the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit will be a lot different than racing on the 1.33-mile Nashville oval, and I’m excited to try some new things and get dialed in for our first race.

We started testing on Tuesday, but if you’ll be around Martinsville on Wednesday, the test is open to the public and you can watch from the grandstands for free. Click here for the track website.

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports driver

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