Chase Elliott Follows in Kyle Busch’s Footsteps as He Ventures in Nitro Rallycross

Published 11/24/2021, 2:59 AM EST
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


Over the last year or so, 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott has been exploring and expanding his horizons. The Hendrick driver has already tasted dirt racing and endurance racing. But now he’s set to add Nitro Rallycross to his resume in December, becoming the second NASCAR driver in less than a month to do so.

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Elliott will make his debut in the last race of the season on December 4. The race will take place at The Firm in North Florida.

Elliott on his next challenge

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The Hendrick driver described that he’s ‘really looking forward’ to making his debut in Nitro RX as he continues to challenge himself in different forms of racing.

“I enjoy the challenge of trying out other forms of racing and have recently taken up dirt racing, so getting in a rallycross car is really appealing,” Elliott said, as reported in NBC.

“Nitro RX is thrilling to watch and from what Travis Pastrana and some of the other drivers have told me, it is just as thrilling to be behind the wheel. I can’t wait.”

The other drivers he mentions may include one from NASCAR only, Kyle Busch.

Busch also made his debut in the series in Round 3 last week. And he almost made it the perfect debut in Phoenix, but a fourth-place finish meant he missed out on the podium.

Chase Elliott determined to get out of his comfort zone

Elliott made his dirt racing debut earlier this year. But the driver again returned to dirt racing alongside his teammate Kyle Larson in the Hangtown 100. Although Elliott failed to qualify for the main event, it seems winning is secondary to experience for Elliott.

He described that getting out of one’s comfort zone is ‘huge’. Along with dirt racing, Elliott also forayed into 24 hours of Daytona in 2021.

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“Everything you get in has a little different sweet spot of that perfect balance, kind of what you’re trying to achieve on asphalt or dirt, I feel like.”

WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 05: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GoBowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 5, 2018 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

If there’s one thing that separates the great drivers from the good ones, it is that they continue to push their limits and overcome them. And when they exhaust the older limits, they go create new ones.

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Perhaps this is what Chase Elliott has been doing since he became the NASCAR champion in 2020. And whether these experiences enhance his racing in NASCAR, time will tell.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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