Wednesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Rick Hendrick said that Chase Elliott will probably run a limited number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2015 for Hendrick Motorsports. The 18-year-old NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie is currently in the points lead in NASCAR's second tier series and has won three of the 20 races so far this season.
Elliott, a Hendrick Motorsports development driver is driving for JR Motorsports which is co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr and is expected to run the full Nationwide Series schedule again for the team in 2015.
Even though Hendrick Motorsports fields the maximum of four Sprint Cup Series teams they will be able to field a fifth entry on a part time basis to give a young driver, like Elliott, seat time.
"We haven't arrived at a decision for sure, but I think you'll probably see him run a few races next year," Hendrick said of Elliott. "Before he ever won a Nationwide race, I watched him test Jimmie's car and Jeff's car at Nashville, and Jimmie and Jeff both commented to me, 'This kid is super smooth and super fast. He takes care of his equipment, and he doesn't get in a jam.''
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