Late last fall, Dale Earnhardt Jr. believed the young driver picked to fill an open seat for a Nationwide ride at JR Motorsports "didn't even know how good he was."

Seven races into the 2014 season, no one - not even the young driver himself - doubts 18-year-old Chase Elliott possesses the skills necessary to compete at NASCAR's highest levels. Need confirmation? Following Saturday's win at Darlington Raceway, Elliott's second consecutive in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Earnhardt has dubbed him "the next big thing."

Now the youngest driver with multiple wins in Nationwide Series history, Elliott gave race fans a glimpse of his potential last August. That was his first assault on the record books when, at 17-years-old, he earned the pole for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stop at Bristol Motor Speedway. No driver younger had accomplished that feat either.

Ultimately finishing fifth in the 2013 UNOH 200, Elliott has performed well at the Last Great Colosseum, posting an average finish of 7.25 in his four Bristol starts in four different series (2010 Pro Cup, 2012 K&N East Series, 2013 NCWTS and 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series).

The highest-finishing rookie in the March Nationwide contest, Elliott hopes that visiting the track twice in 2014 allows him to improve.

"[Bristol's] such a cool place to go race and it's a place we go to twice a year," said the son of 1988 Sprint Cup champion Bill Elliott. "It's going to be important to learn as much as we can to help build the notebook for the fall."

Tickets are still available to witness firsthand if Elliott can capitalize on past success and add Bristol to his list of 2014 wins. For more information on the August race weekend or to purchase tickets, visit BristolTix.com or call toll-free (855) 580-5525.