Chase Elliott ‘Not Focused’ on Breaking Jeff Gordon’s Stunning NASCAR Record Ahead of Daytona Road Course Race

Published 02/20/2021, 12:00 PM EST
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 17: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott is back to being the overwhelming favorite as the NASCAR Cup Series field returns to the Daytona Road Course on Sunday. It is not that particular track that makes Elliott the favorite, as the Cup stars will race there for just the second time ever.

Elliott’s road course supremacy has everyone picking the reigning champion as the expected winner on Sunday. He has four consecutive wins on road courses in NASCAR, two short of NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon’s record of 6 straight wins.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 01: Jeff Gordon speaks on stage as he is inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame during the 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Charlotte Convention Center on February 01, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

That record has been the biggest talking point in the build-up to the race. However, Elliott said he does not even think about chasing Gordon’s record until asked about it in interviews.


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For the #9 Hendrick Motorsports star, the idea of 6 straight road course wins, and even more, is not the big motivation he needs to do well on Sunday, and in the other 6 road course races this season.

I really don’t think about it until you guys ask me about it,” Elliott said during a recent interview. “So, no, I don’t start the race and think, ‘Okay, two more and we’ll beat Jeff’. That’s not my motivation by any means,” he added.

Chase Elliott would still welcome the record with open arms

All said and done, Elliott would still love to have a record like that to his name. He welcomes any positive stat or record coming his way, but records are never his primary source of motivation ahead of a race.

“Would it be really cool to do that? Of course. Any record on the winning side of things would be great to have. But no, it’s not my motivation, it’s not what makes me wanna do good,Elliott said further.

“I want to do good either way and want to try and win it. So, yeah, it’d be great if we get there and if not, we’ll try again,” he continued.

At the same time, Elliott appreciated Gordon’s contribution at Hendrick Motorsports, which is part of the reason why he is so good on such tracks. He feels that crew chief Alan Gustafson and his team’s prior experience working with Gordon certainly helps him now.

Crew chief Alan Gustafson’s experience comes in handy

He also feels that Gustafson’s experience in sports car events on road courses from the past helps the no. 9 team to a great extent.


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“Alan has a road racing background, coming from the sports car side of things. He’s very well versed in that type of racing,” he explained.

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)

Elliott also said that he and Gordon have not yet spoken about the potential of him breaking the 4-time Cup champion’s record. He is not even sure if they will.


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His immediate focus is to do well on Sunday and bag his maiden win of the season. Starting the race on pole position certainly helps his cause.


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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.