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Who is the youngest NASCAR champion? Chase Elliott looks to join Jeff Gordon’s company with a win

Chase Elliott took another step toward NASCAR history with his win at Martinsville last weekend.

The 24-year-old now has 10 career victories and 58 career top-five finishes. His latest triumph advanced him to the NASCAR Championship 4 for the first time. He’ll compete for the title at Phoenix on Sunday against Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.

If Elliott wins, he would become the second-youngest title holder NASCAR has ever had and one of its most promising prospects.

Elliott teared up after earning a bid to the Championship 4, calling it a vital progression in his career. He could go even further if he shows the same killer instinct in the finale.

“Biggest win ever for us,” Elliott said. “I’m just so proud. To be backed in a corner like that and to win tonight, I feel like that’s what we’ve been missing these past four or five years, to perform when we don’t have a choice.”

Below is what to know about Elliott’s place in the record books, and where he could go from here:

Who is the youngest NASCAR champion?

Jeff Gordon became the youngest ever NASCAR champion at 24 years old in 1995. He would retain that distinction even if Elliott wins Sunday — Gordon was barely 24 when he was crowned, while Elliott is about to turn 25.

Who won the most NASCAR championships before turning 30?

Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson never won a NASCAR title before turning 30 but made up for lost time with ridiculous outputs thereafter. Richard Petty, meanwhile, nabbed two titles before turning 30.

Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader at four such championships.

When did Chase Elliott’s dad win the NASCAR championship?

Bill Elliott won his lone championship in 1988 when he was 32 years old. He raced in the Cup Series as recently as 2012, when he was 56 years old. That means there has been an Elliott car in the sport for all but two seasons since 1975.

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