FILE - In this April 4, 2014, photo, Chase Elliott, left, talks with team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Victory Lane after Elliott won the NASCAR Nationwide auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Elliott's driving skills have made it easy to forget he's still in high school. That changes this weekend when the NASCAR Nationwide points leader sandwiches graduation around a trip to Iowa Speedway for a key early-season race. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer, File)
(The Associated Press)
CONCORD, N.C. – Chase Elliott's early success hasn't forced Hendrick Motorsports to speed up its long-term plan for the driver.
Elliott has two Nationwide Series wins this year for JR Motorsports and heads into Sunday's race at Iowa Speedway leading the points standings. He also graduated high school in Georgia on Saturday.
The 18-year-old is in the Hendrick driver development program, and JR Motorsports co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. says that's where he'll stay for now.