Chase Elliott Explains How Moment with Jimmie Johnson at Phoenix Reminded Him of a Matt Kenseth-Bill Elliott Moment

November 20, 2020 5:30 pm

When the season finale at the Phoenix Raceway ended, it heralded a new era for Hendrick Motorsports. At the same time, it signified the end of another era for the team. In other words, Jimmie Johnson was walking away from NASCAR, while a new star arose and his name is Chase Elliott.

After the race, Johnson parked his car alongside Elliott’s and they shared a special moment. Speaking afterward, Elliott opened up on the moment to clarify suggestions that it was a ‘passing of the torch’.

He said, “Yeah, that really didn’t cross my mind. I saw him take his victory lap and I remembered this picture that floated around my parents’ office.

“It was Dad [Bill Elliott] and Matt Kenseth sharing a moment like that. Dad won the race and Matt won the championship that year.”

Chase Elliott was inspired by that image

The 24-year-old confessed that the image inspired him. So he figured that he could try and recreate it. Aside from that, he was delighted to share such a moment with his teammate. Elliott acknowledged Johnson as a great mentor and friend.

Nov 8, 2020; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (48) pits during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson always had some wise words for Chase Elliott throughout the weekend. It is also safe to say that the #48 driver wanted to see whether Elliott would heed his advice.

Suffice to say, everything worked out splendidly for Chase Elliott and he is officially a Cup Series champion.

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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

Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson is walking away from NASCAR and leaving a rich legacy behind. 7 Cup Series championships and 83 wins in a 20-year career is nothing to scoff at. Now, the 45-year-old will head to IndyCar and try to make his mark there.

Back in the NASCAR paddock, Chase Elliott will take up the cudgels from Johnson. This is also in a literal sense, as Elliott is the last Hendrick Motorsports champion after Jimmie Johnson. So, the NASCAR legend can rest easy, knowing that the team is in good hands.

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