Chase Elliott Outlines Support He Received From Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon Over Chili Bowl Participation

Published 01/10/2021, 12:10 PM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 13: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, stands on the grid during the NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


The current offseason period has not held back some NASCAR drivers from participating in other racing events. Chase Elliott, for example, will take part in the prestigious dirt racing event named the Chili Bowl Nationals this month.

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He previously participated in the Snowball Derby last December and expressed his intention to race in more such spectacles. Elliot now reveals what Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and NASCAR great Jeff Gordon made of his upcoming presence in the Chili Bowl.

Elliott stated, “He really didn’t have much to say about it, and I don’t think he knows a ton about that race in particular. But really nothing negative, I’ve obviously been upfront, and he knows about all of the things I wanna go do and this being one of them.”

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Really wanted to take part in the Chili Bowl anyway, says Chase Elliott

“I think he knew too when Kyle (Larson) was coming along that this was happening. I assume that was the approach, or that was kind of expected in the beginning, so I really wanted to do that anyway and I’ve had a lot of interest in it,” Elliott added.

The 2020 Cup Series champion recently featured in the 2020 Snowball Derby, finishing third on the occasion. However, the 25-year-old also stated the importance of these races and how they impact his learning curve ahead of the Cup Series season as well.

“I’ve talked about it and two, I think Jeff as his role has increased at HMS over the years, I think he really understands the importance of racing more. And how that can help you on track on Sundays and I think he really, really understands that.”

“Mr. Hendrick seems to be good with that, so I can’t complain,” concluded Elliott in response to the subject.

Elliott’s teammate Kyle Larson will also be at the Chili Bowl

Not one, but two Hendrick Motorsports drivers would be vying for the dirt track racing event crown. Larson famously took home the 2020 Chili Bowl Nationals title and has been renowned for his skills in the dirt and short track racing events.

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

The battle between the teammates could excite spectators all-round, serving as a precursor of what is to come in the Cup Series a month’s time from now.

For the time being, however, both Elliott and Larson would be hatching their respective plans to lift the Chili Bowl trophy.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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