Chase Elliott's run as NASCAR's most popular driver hit two consecutive years when he was voted as the sport's top star.
Elliott won the award last season, the first since Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired to end his streak of 15 consecutive years as winner. Earnhardt Jr. fell one year short of the record 16 set by Hall of Famer Bill Elliott — Chase's father.
The award is based on a fan vote and sponsored by the National Motorsports Press Association. Bill Elliott won the award every year between 1984 and 2002 until he removed his name from consideration. But the honor was returned to his family last year with Chase's first victory, and the 24-year-old now seems to be a lock to reel off his own impressive run.
Fans are drawn to his workmanlike approach — like his father — and simple and unassuming attitude. Chase Elliott still lives in his Dawsonville, Georgia, hometown and hasn't let his four seasons driving at NASCAR's top level for Hendrick Motorsports change his character.
"It's more than a trophy or an award, it's about the people you see at the race track," Elliott said. "You go to the track and it's cool to see people wearing your hats and shirts, that's what drives me. "
Elliott won three times this season and made it to the third round of the playoffs.
A total of 30 athletes will run for the four positions of the Athletes' Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The IOC executive board has approved the list of candidates at its three-day meeting here and the election will take place next year during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The poll will be open from July 14 (the day the Olympic Village opens) to August 4 2020 as all athletes competing at Tokyo 2020 will be able to vote.
The athletes, from 19 summer sports, are nominated by their respective nation Olympic Committees (NOCs) together with their NOC Athletes' Commissions.
The Athletes' Commission is composed of a maximum of 23 members (12 members directly elected by their peers and a maximum of 11 appointed), who serve a term of eight years. The vote is held at every Olympic Games, with four members elected at each Summer Games, and two at each Winter Games.
Bangladeshi Weightlifter Fullpoti Chakma clinched the first silver medal weightlifting competition of 13th South Asian Games on the opening day of the competition in Nepalese tourist town of Pokhara on Thursday.
Fullpoti Chakma clinched the silver made in the women’s -55 kgs category.
Three other Bangladeshi weightlifters – Shabira Molla, Fayema Akhter and Mostain Bella – clinched bronze medals in their respective events.
Shabira Molla clinched the bronze in women’s senior -49 kgs, Fayema Akther clinched a bronze in the women’s - 59 kgs while Mostain Bella bagged the bronze in the men’s senior -61 Kgs.
Bangladesh Men’s Basketball team started their 13th South Asian Games Basketball mission beating hosts Nepal by 67-61 points in the opening match at the Tripureshwor Cover Hall in Kathmandu on Thursday.
Bangladesh will play their 2nd match against the Maldives on Friday at 10:45 am at the same venue.
The Walton Refrigerator Victory Day Hockey Tournament 2019, organized by Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF), begins on Saturday (December 7) at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here.
Six club teams will participate in the tournament.
Champions team will receive prize money of Tk 1,00,000, runners-up team will get Tk 50,000, best player and highest scorer will receive Tk 10,000 each.
BHF member cum tournament secretary Badrul Islam Dipu disclosed the details of the tournament at a press conference at the federation conference room on Thursday.
BHF vice presidents AA Adel, Zaki Ahmed Ripon, Yousuf Ali and acting general secretary Mohammad Yousuf and executive director of the meet’s sponsor Walton Group Iqbal Bin Anwar were also present on the occasion.