When he was just getting started and relatively unknown, he was simply the son of NASCAR icon Bill Elliott. Once he finally earned his first NASCAR Cup Series race win at the 2018 Go Bowling at The Glen, some described him as the next Dale Earnhardt Jr. In 2020, Elliott beat Earnhardt to win the Cup at the age of 24, making him one of the youngest champions in NASCAR history.
Now, the NASCAR title “The King” is reserved for Richard Petty, but Dale Jr. He brought to mind a different kind of “King” when he came up with another nickname for Elliott: Young Elvis.
Junior first compared Chase Elliott to country music legend Elvis Presley in 2014, after former NASCAR driver Reagan Smith posted a photo of Elliot sleeping at the airport on the day of the CMT Awards. After that, it kind of took off.
Over the years, Earnhardt Continue with Facebook comparisons In the Tweet every once in a while. Finally, during a press conference ahead of the 2018 Consumers Energy 400, Elliott formally gave his opinion on all things “Young Elvis” and what he thought of Dale Jr.’s skills.
“I think he needs to retire from giving out titles,” Elliott said. “For some reason, he always thought I looked like Elvis, and I really don’t know why. I know he has a bit of an Elvis obsession.”
“I know he has an Elvis room in his house, which is kinda weird. I’ve been in that room before, and you wake up and there’s an Elvis guy staring at you. So I don’t know if he has a thing for Elvis or what. I don’t – whatever. No. I think he’s qualified.”
Now, as it turns out, Chase Elliott is already covered on the Alias front. His full name is actually William Clyde Elliott II (named after his father), and he got the name Chase from a family friend when he was just a kid.
Through Dell Jr Download Back in 2019, Earnhardt revealed that he recently found out Chase’s actual name, and, boy, did he throw it in an episode.
Dale Jr.: If you go to Wikipedia, you’ll learn a lot.
Co-host Mike Davis: That’s what I have to do. I should spend more time on Wikipedia. But we all agreed that Clyde Elliott has a good name in racing. I bet you don’t like it.
Elliot: No, I don’t mind Clyde. A lot of my friends call me Clyde, actually.
Davis: They do?
Davis: Well that’s where you are [Dale Jr.] You learned then, right?
Dale Jr: No, I went to Wikipedia.
Davis: I stand corrected.
Dale Jr.: I’m not in the “Calling Him Clyde” circle.
Jr can relate to Elliot quite a bit, as his full name is Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. And while he might not be in the ‘Calling Him Clyde’ circle, I’m sure he’d still bring up the topic of ‘Young Elvis’ whenever he got the chance.
This post was originally published on August 10, 2018.