Chase Elliott Arrives for the Chili Bowl Nationals and Reveals His Car for the Iconic Event

Published 01/11/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Nov 1, 2020; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) celebrates winning the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports


For the first time in his racing career, Chase Elliott will compete in the Chili Bowl Nationals. Needless to say, he is utterly excited and eager to get underway. In a recent Instagram story, he posted a picture of his DiaEdge car for the dirt event.

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Of course, he is not the only one from the NASCAR community on the field. Other racers include Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Justin Allgaier, JJ Yeley, Santino Ferrucci, Garrett Smithley, Christopher Bell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and more. Larson is a former winner, as is Bell.

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Of course, Elliott is not expecting miracles on his first try; he knows that Bell and Larson are the favorites due to their experience. However, it does not mean that he won’t give it his best shot at winning the race or finishing in a high position. Chase Elliott already has some experience with other dirt races in the build-up to the Chili Bowl.

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Will this help Chase Elliott in the long run?

Considering that the NASCAR driver will race on a couple of dirt surface tracks, the Chili Bowl will be a big boon. This is largely because the sport has rarely visited such a surface and it will be a new experience for everyone.

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As a result, a race like this should be good practice for the participating NASCAR drivers. Simulations can only take a driver so far, and nothing compares to the real thing.

Races like Bristol and the Knoxville Raceway [Truck], are both dirt tracks. So, the CB Nationals will help the drivers get used to the surface.

In the meantime, Chase Elliott will stick to enjoying his maiden Chili Bowl race. As a rookie racer, there is no pressure on his head, but the same cannot be said for Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell.

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