More Trouble for Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports

Published 08/14/2021, 9:27 AM EDT
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


At the Watkins Glen International circuit, Chase Elliott lost a perfectly good starting grid slot. His car got hauled up for a technical infraction before the race, and he got demoted to the back of the grid for the fifth time this season. Without a doubt, this will seriously hurt the team and driver in the points’ standings.

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At the Glen, Elliott lost 10 points for an infraction involving the rear window air deflector. A month prior to that, he and the Hendrick Motorsports team were docked 25 points at New Hampshire. On that occasion, the outfit failed to have the proper sealed engine in the #9 car.

Long before that, everything started off at Nashville when he got disqualified after the race. Apparently, officials discovered that his car had five loose lug nuts, which was not in compliance with the rules. Owing to that, he scored a paltry one point out of a potential 38 points, as well as a playoff point for winning a stage.

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How bad is the situation for Chase Elliott?

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Over the course of the season, the defending champion has lost a potential 72 points due to the infractions. Normally, drivers earn a maximum 60 points in a race, so in essence, it is as good as missing an entire race. In all honesty, it could have been a lot worse than 72 points lost.

Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) races into turn one during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Since he had to start from the back, at least five times, Chase Elliott has had to waste time and grip fighting his way up. Of course, he always managed to make it into the top 10 on most occasions. However, it would have boded a lot better for him if he had been able to start closer to the front.

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With those 72 points, the Georgia native could have ranked third in the standings. At the moment, he is seventh in the standings, which hands him four additional playoff points. If he was third, Elliott was guaranteed at least eight playoff points.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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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