Chase Elliott Reflects on “Super Close” Finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Published 09/28/2021, 6:03 AM EDT
May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) races during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Denny Hamlin reached Victory Lane as the Joe Gibbs Racing team ran riot. However, Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott was one of the few drivers to take the fight to them. In fact, he finished second ahead of Hamlin’s teammates, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.

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After the race, Elliott reflected on his second place finish. He said, “We were really close, not quite close enough. Denny did a good job controlling the gap to me. He was having a hard time with the #21 [DiBenedetto] I think he was doing a good job of giving himself enough room to be able to work the lanes. Super close, really proud our team. I feel like we’ve been performing at a really high level.”

Chase Elliott will be focusing on the next race

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With this race done and dusted, Denny Hamlin has drawn first blood and sealed his berth. In other words, there are seven slots left with 11 drivers fighting over them in the next two races. Truthfully speaking, nobody was really expecting miracles from Elliott at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as he has never won there.

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Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

On the other end of the spectrum, there is a strong chance that he could potentially win at the Charlotte Roval later on. This is because Elliott is best known for his prowess in the road course arena. In fact, he has taken three wins at the track, including two at the Roval.

Meanwhile, he does have a win at the Talladega Superspeedway, so he is obviously no pushover on that particular race track.

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However, Chase Elliott will have to be wary of the remaining 10 drivers right on his tail. Chief among them will be the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, except for Hamlin. Additionally, his own teammates and the Team Penske drivers will be threats for the remaining seven seats.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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