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Monday, January 6, 2014

Chase Elliott has bright future, could end up in No. 24 Cup ride; Sam Hornish deserves a full-time Nationwide ride, not seven races

Quick hits from Monday's NASCAR news:

1. Chase Elliott will drive for Jr. Motorsports full-time in 2014. Not unexpected, considering his ties to Hendrick Motorsports, and he is a great pickup for this team. The kid is not only a spitting image of his dad, but he's got his dad's racing chops too and will rack up wins and spice up the Nationwide series this year, perhaps even emerging as a title contender. Long-term, don't be surprised if he jumps to Cup in a few years and takes over the #24 ride when Jeff Gordon inevitably retires.

2. Sam Hornish will drive seven races in the #54 car for Joe Gibbs racing, sharing the seat with Kyle Busch. That's great, but it would have been great if he could have just gotten the ride full-time. He deserves it and has shown he can compete for a title. I know sponsors can pretty much dictate who drives the car in these scenarios, but I believe most fans would agree with me that Kyle Busch doesn't need to run all those Nationwide races and it would be much better for the JGR team to have Sam running for a title.

3. NAPA is back. Part of the Chase Elliott announcement was the news that NAPA will be his sponsor -- after announcing their exit last year after the controversy at Richmond with Michael Waltrip Racing. If he catches fire, look for them to be with him for the long haul as he moves up to Cup.

Matt Myftiu can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MattMyftiu.


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