Winchester, TN native on NASCAR's NEXT roster
NEWTON, Iowa (AP/WRCB) - Two sons of well-known Sprint Cup drivers headline the list of youngsters selected for this season's NASCAR Next program.
NASCAR announced Friday that Chase Elliott, the son of 1988 champion Bill Elliott, and Jeb Burton, whose father Ward won the 2002 Daytona 500, both made the list for the program.
NASCAR Next, formerly known as Next9, is designed to highlight drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 who might become stars.
The 13-driver list also includes K&N Pro Series East driver and Winchester, Tenn. native, Ryan Gifford.
Gifford, 24 years old and part of NASCAR's Drive For Diversity, is the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole, which he captured at Martinsville Speedway.
The full NASCAR Next class also includes rising stars Gray Gaulding, Ben Kennedy, Brett Moffitt, Ryan Preece, Ben Rhodes, Kenzie Ruston and Michael Self alongside returning members Cameron Hayley, Dylan Kwasniewski and Daniel Suarez.
The class was selected by a voting panel made up of industry leaders.