Second-generation driver Chase Elliott has been in the news a lot lately, most recently for winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park over the weekend.
Elliott also made ARCA headlines earlier this year, becoming the youngest superspeedway winner in history with his ARCA win at Pocono Raceway in June.
Now, the 17-year-old Dawsonville, Georgia driver will make his first attempt on a 1.5-mile intermediate track at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night September 20 in the ZLOOP 150 ARCA Racing Series event.
"I look at it (Kentucky Speedway) similar to how I went into Pocono," Elliott said.
"It's going to be different with the speed but you can't lose track that you're still trying to obtain the same things."
Elliott tested his No. 9 Aaron's Dream Machine-Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet at Kentucky in July.
"Track time was the biggest thing. Weather is going to be a little different when we go back but we were able to learn some things that will help."
Elliott eyes the ARCA race at Kentucky as part of his learning curve.
"Anytime you can have a chance to race at a place that one of the top three series races at, it definitely can't hurt.
"I think I'm still adapting (to Kentucky) and will continue to do so all throughout the race."
Elliott is the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott.
"Dad never actually ran a race at Kentucky but I think both Pocono and Kentucky have their own characteristics that will make it a challenge when we get back to race."
In 10 career ARCA Racing Series starts since 2012, Elliott's record is impressive. In addition to the win at Pocono, he's finished second and third in back-to-back starts at New Jersey Motorsports Park. He also finished third and fourth in two separate starts at Salem Speedway. His fourth place run at Road America, coupled with finishes of seventh at Berlin Raceway, eighth at Madison Int'l Speedway, ninth at Pocono, and 10th at Mobile Int'l Speedway has him in the ARCA record books with all top-10 runs to date.
In Elliott's relatively short tenure in the ARCA ranks, it did not, however, take him long to find out how challenging the series can be.
"It's an extremely tough series as well as impressive," Elliott added. "There's a lot of young talent mixed with a lot of veterans in there, too. That's what makes it unique."
Former ARCA winners at Kentucky include Tim Steele, Ryan Newman, Frank Kimmel, Kyle Busch, Steve Wallace, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Michael McDowell and James Buescher to name a few.
Kimmel, the current ARCA Racing Series championship point leader, is the all-time Kentucky winner with four victories - his last win there in 2005. Kimmel, from nearby Clarksville, Indiana, has also been in the news lately as he seeks to own the all-time ARCA win record. He is currently tied with Iggy Katona, each with 79 victories. Kimmel is also the all-time lap leader at Kentucky, leading 553 laps in 11 races.
Practice for the ZLOOP 150 is Friday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. - 3, followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 5:15. The ZLOOP 150 is scheduled to get the green flag just after 8.