JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Kevin Harvick considered the list of young drivers often suggested as NASCAR's next big stars and replacements for departed veterans Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He suggested that only one prospect could truly hook a new generation of fans.
"NASCAR needs Chase Elliott to win," Harvick said earlier this summer. "Chase Elliott is the tie to the traditional NASCAR fan. It's the only shot they've got with the traditional NASCAR fan. His dad. The history and heritage of the sport. There isn't anybody else in the lineup that I can think of."