Chase Elliott Explains Why He Feels “as Relaxed as Ever” Despite Tough Situation Ahead of Martinsville Race

Published 10/31/2020, 8:30 AM EDT
Oct 11, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) celebrates after winning the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The Martinsville Speedway provides the playoff drivers with one last chance to qualify and join Joey Logano in the final. However, Chase Elliott is not going to put pressure on himself as he vies for one of 3 slots. For the moment, Elliott is 25 points adrift of the cutoff, and he has a tough task ahead of him.

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However, he said, “To be really honest, I feel real good. I feel far better than I ever have and relaxed as I ever have. Coming into that last opportunity, that last chance on Sunday, I’m looking forward to it.

“I think the more that you can embrace that moment, race that situation, and really enjoy that time, the better you’ll be prepared for a final four on Sunday. That’s kind of how I feel about it and I’m really just excited to have the opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

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Can Chase Elliott make the final 4 in the 2020 season?

The truth is, he definitely has the ability to reach the Championship 4. However, he will face stiff competition from his rivals, who will be keen to book their own slots alongside Logano. The #22 driver seized victory at the Kansas Speedway, and that automatically secured his slot.

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Oct 11, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) leads Martin Truex Jr. (19) during the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With Kyle Busch winning at Texas, it denied any of the playoff drivers an advantage and a chance of automatic qualification. So, everything hinges on this weekend’s race at the Martinsville Speedway. There are only three spots remaining and seven drivers are squabbling for them.

Obviously, Chase Elliott and the six other drivers will be aiming for a win. This is set to guarantee their inclusion in the Final 4 at the Phoenix Raceway. Admittedly, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin are the favorites to advance, but there could always be a twist to the tale.

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