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Dawsonville to welcome home NASCAR Champ Elliott Monday

By Brandon Reed Reporter
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The celebration of Chase Elliott’s historic NASCAR Cup Championship will shift roughly 1,800 miles east on Monday.

Elliott and his Hendrick Motorsports crew will be escorted through downtown Dawsonville at 4 pm this afternoon, culminating in a ceremony in the “winner’s circle” outside of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame on Hwy 53, just outside of the downtown area.

"Hey, I'm down," Elliott said Sunday night after learning of the Dawsonville event.  "I don't know if it's right or wrong, but I feel like the town of Dawsonville should just exempt all work and school tomorrow. I feel like (that) would be really cool."

The Dawsonville native became the first Georgia racer to score the NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday afternoon with a win in the series season finale at Phoenix Raceway.

The last time a Peach State driver won the title was in 1988, when Chase’s father, Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, won the championship.

Bill Elliott was a 2002 inductee into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, where Chase Elliott will be honored.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be not be a meet and greet available at the ceremony.

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