Atlanta Braves Fan Chase Elliott Meets MLB Legend Chipper Jones

Published 01/10/2022, 12:23 PM EST
WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK – AUGUST 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, exits his car after the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 08, 2021 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


As an Atlanta native, it is fairly obvious that Chase Elliott will be a big fan of the local teams. One of them is the Major League Baseball team, the Atlanta Braves. Recently, Elliott enjoyed an encounter with country music star Riley Green, and Braves legend Chipper Jones.

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In his baseball career, Jones racked up 468 home runs and a batting average of .303. He played for the Atlanta Braves throughout his career until his retirement in 2012. However, from the 2021 season onwards, he has acted as the assistant hitting consultant of the team. Under him and manager Brian Snitker, the team won the 2021 World Series, their fourth.

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Meanwhile, Chase Elliott is gearing up for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. The 2020 champion was not able to feature as strongly in 2021 to defend his crown. However, he will be keen to redeem himself and try to win a second title.

What’s next for Chase Elliott in 2022?

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The Atlanta native will be looking forward to the upcoming season and racing with the Gen 7 cars. 2022 is pretty much a race to tame the new cars and become the first Gen 7 champion. Since nobody has a clear advantage over the other, the entire championship scenario has been blown wide open.

Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, he will not have an easy path to the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series title. Elliott’s first and biggest rival is his own teammate, Kyle Larson, the defending champion. Even his other teammates, Alex Bowman and William Byron could get in the mix. Apart from them, teams to watch out for are Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Team Penske, and many more. There are drivers like Kurt Busch, Bubba Wallace, Brad Keselowski, and others, who could be dark horses in 2022.

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It will be fascinating to see how the first season with the Next Gen cars pans out.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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