For the average 18-year-old, school and work take up the majority of free time. In that respect, then, Chase Elliot is like pretty much any other 18-year-old. He graduated on Saturday, and then went to work. The only difference is, his work involves him flying around the country and driving a really loud car in circles.

Yes, Elliot, son of Winston Cup champion Bill Elliot, doesn't spend his free time working retail, but as a rookie driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Following his Saturday graduation from King's Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta, GA, Elliot caught a flight to Iowa Speedway where he qualified sixth for the Get To Know Newton 250 (seriously NASCAR, these race names need to stop). He ended up finishing fourth, and currently sits at the top of the Nationwide Series leaderboards, two points ahead of NASCAR veteran Elliot Sadler, Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne.

Despite his young age, he even sounds pretty wise when asked about being free to focus on just racing.

"I think it is important to have a balance of what you do racing-wise and what you do during the week," Elliott told ESPN. "It seems like all the Cup guys are having kids right now, and they're all having them at about the same time. They all talk about that balance away from the race track, and I can understand where they're coming from."

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      • 1 Year Ago
      If you want the name to change, pony up the money to make it happen. Putting these events on isn't free, nor is paying the winner money.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like he's got quite some talent to be hired at that age. And he's got his stuff together. Best wishes to him
        • 1 Year Ago
        Talent, yes, no doubt there... but being the son of a former champion, 2-time Daytona 500 winner, and 16-time Most Popular Driver doesn't hurt, either.
          Pj Taintz
          • 1 Year Ago
          yes and no. look at kyle petty for example
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      "seriously NASCAR, these race names need to stop" For real. The level of commercialization in NASCAR is revolting.
        Rob Cook
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Well do understand NASCAR just bought the track after at least two former owners failed to keep it profitable. Besides Iowa dropped a huge tax abatement on the track to entice NASCAR, you have to pay respects. Gotta love state sponsored capitalism!