“Can’t Put It Into Words” – Chase Elliott Expresses Why NASCAR Cup Series Title Win Is Yet to Sink in for Him

Published 12/10/2020, 5:00 AM EST
Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Chase Elliott celebrates with the championship trophy after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Moments after Chase Elliott won the NASCAR Cup Series title after running an inspired race at Phoenix, he was not able to find the right words to describe his feelings. Elliott said it had not ‘sunk in,’ and urged those asking to pose the question when he sees them at Daytona for the start of the 2021 season.

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The 25-year-old star has had just about a month now to reflect on his momentous achievement. However, he admitted it has still not sunk in for him and he does not completely know why.

I honestly don’t know that it’s really sunk in yet,” Elliott said during a recent interview. Soon after winning the title, Elliott expressed his plans to run different types of races in the off-season, and he is doing exactly that.

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The Georgia-native ran the Snowball Derby this past weekend and is now preparing for the Chili Bowl Nationals in January. To prepare for the same, Elliott will run the midget races in Millbridge this weekend.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and his father Bill Elliott pose for a photo after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 08, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott is keeping himself busy in the off-season

He expressed that his preparation for these races has kept him busy ever since winning the title. “I’ve been so busy with Chili Bowl and getting this car ready for the Derby. When we won the championship, that kept me really busy, and I’m super, super happy to have my schedule busy for this, but I’m not sure that it’s sunk in yet,” Elliott said.

However, he has still been thinking about his title win to understand the magnitude of the feat. However, he still cannot find the perfect words to describe it.

“I’ve been thinking hard about it, and I don’t know why I can’t put it into words. I think part of it is that it’s just a moment that I’ve wanted my whole life,” the Hendrick Motorsports driver added further.

“Want time to stop so bad,” says Elliott

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Elliott feels as if time has just flown by since he won the title, but he hopes to fully understand his title win soon.

Nov 8, 2020; Avondale, AZ, USA; Chase Elliott rests his head on his car to celebrate after winning the Season Finale 500 and capturing the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 8, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen-USA TODAY NETWORK

“You want time to stop so bad in that moment and that’s just not how time works. You can’t just pause. Like anything else in life, when you’re having fun, time flies,” he said further. “So, I’m getting there. I don’t know that I’m there yet, but I’m getting there,” Elliott explained.

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The ‘Most Popular Driver’ in NASCAR wants to embrace the experience of racing in different events in the off-season. He wishes to grab everything he learns from them and improve his skill-set before the 2021 season starts at Daytona.

MORE – “I’d Love to Get More Involved” – Chase Elliott Expresses Plans to Run Many More Short Track Races after Snowball Derby

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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