Chase Elliott’s Crew Chief, Team Mechanic Praise the NASCAR Champ For Bringing New Fans to Dirt Racing

Published 01/19/2021, 10:30 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 15: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, stands in the garage with crew chief Alan Gustafson during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Chase Elliott recently made his Chili Bowl Nationals debut in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While he didn’t exactly win any laurels, he did perform reasonably well for his first time at the event. In light of his performance, Hendrick Motorsports personnel, Crew Chief Alan Gustafson and team mechanic Mike Carber spoke about their ward.

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Speaking in the Behind the 9 program, Gustafson said, “It’s been interesting for all the fans to watch, all the Chase Elliott fans

“I think it’s great that Chase is going to race in these races. There’s a lot of people across the country who really don’t know about the Chili Bowl. Guys like him, [Kyle] Larson and Christopher Bell, bring a lot of exposure to it.”

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What else did he say about Chase Elliott?

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According to Carber, the Hendrick mechanic, newcomers like Elliott generally start off slow. However, as they gain more and more confidence, they are able to go faster and pick up the tricks of the trade. Thus, Carber did warn that it would take some more time for the rookies to get to the highest level in the sport.

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

Picking up on that, Gustafson insisted that Elliott is hugely talented. This is why he has a strong feeling that once he gets enough experience, he can start winning races. The only question is that how long will it take for him to start winning? He’s already performing decently well, and to make matters even better, Chase Elliott seems to be truly enjoying it.

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For now, Chase Elliott will be relaxing a little bit, especially after such a tough debut. From there, he will most likely turn his focus on the 2021 Cup Series championship and his first title defense.

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