“Can’t Pick and Choose” – Chase Elliott on His Chances of a Second Consecutive Cup Title

Published 08/30/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consmers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 11, 2018 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


Last year, many expected Denny Hamlin or Kevin Harvick to be the champion, based on regular season form. However, Chase Elliott sneaked up from nowhere and snatched the title from everyone’s grasp. Ahead of this weekend’s first playoff, he talked about his chances of a repeat performance.

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He said, “You got to get there first. It’s not like you can just pick and choose when to be really good. If that was the case, we would pick and choose to be good all the time. It [his title run] was a product of good timing, good people and a lot of hard work. We’ve always had good people and everyone is always working hard.”

Chase Elliott did acknowledge that there may be occasions where things do not work in his favor. When he had his title bid last year, all the puzzle pieces simply fell into place. In 2020, Hendrick Motorsports delivered some really quick cars, which helped Elliott place himself in a good spot.

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What else did Chase Elliott say?

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Having said all that, the #9 driver insisted that having a fast car is not good enough. If he can put himself in a good position, he can ensure that he has a shot at the title. Elliott also admitted that Kyle Larson would be the favorite, as the ones who perform in regular-season earn the most rewards.

May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) races during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, Elliott is definitely going to make sure to throw in his own title bid. Without a doubt, he will want to keep his teammate on his toes, as well as keep a wary eye out for his rivals.

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The Hendrick Motorsports team knows that the competition will only become fiercer. If one of them manages to reach the final four, his teammates will back him up. However, until then, there will be no holds barred racing between them.

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