LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne is one of the most popular athletes in the country right now. Livvy has managed to rack up over 7.5 million TikTok followers, and turn her social media stardom into millions of dollars of NIL and licensing deals – despite the fact that she’s only 20 years old.
Livvy was also recently featured as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, which the college student admits has gotten her a lot more male attention lately.
In fact one video recently went viral when an older man was caught on live TV asking for Livvy’s autograph at the College World Series:
Probably just a nice old man getting a Livvy Dunne autograph for his granddaughter. It would be unfair to jump to any other conclusions pic.twitter.com/WhZ935yrAz
On this week’s episode of his Dale Jr. Download podcast, Dale Jr. told the story of how Chase Elliott pulled some strings to get his chance to meet Livvy:
“Chase went to NASCAR and said, ‘I think she’s cool, I’d love to meet her, and I think it would be great for NASCAR if you invited her to come to the track.'”
Great for NASCAR? Or great for Chase? We all see what you did there…
Well it worked out for Chase, who was spotted before the race in Nashville hanging out with Livvy on pit road, and even posted a picture (that he’s since deleted) of the influencer and gymnast standing beside him at his motor home.
Of course Livvy’s off the market now after it was confirmed that she’s dating minor league pitcher Paul Skenes, but you can’t blame Chase for wanting the opportunity to shoot his shot…and asking NASCAR for a little help making it happen.