Chase Elliott Reveals the ‘Biggest’ Lesson He Learned from Surprise 2020 Title Assault

Published 10/22/2021, 3:43 AM EDT
LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – JULY 18: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 18, 2021 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott is currently competing in the 2021 Cup Series to take his second title. Last year, most of the eyes were on Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, who were on song. Meanwhile, Elliott came out from almost nowhere to snatch the 2020 title from their grasp. Recently, he spoke about the prospect of repeating that feat in the current season.


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He said, “The biggest thing with that is, it really taught us a good lesson. It wasn’t till Martinsville that we were able to get through. Obviously, we would have loved to get through this weekend and get a win. However, its not over till its over, anything can happen. I don’t think there’s ever really a safe place with points unless you have a win.”

According to the defending champion, competing for wins is the safest prospect. Elliott is confident that the Hendrick Motorsports team is capable of winning. So he does not see why he should not have a shot at gunning for a win in the coming weeks.


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What else did Chase Elliott say?

The #9 driver also talked about his lack of oval wins this season. Elliott insisted that he either wins or he does not, it does not matter at all. Although he and Hendrick Motorsports have not checked off the box, it isn’t because of the lack of performance. At some ovals, he felt like he had the pace, so Chase Elliott knows that he is capable.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – AUGUST 15: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Hooters Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 15, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

For the past couple of weeks, he has been embroiled in a feud with Kevin Harvick. Now, he will be hoping to put all of that behind him and focus on the task ahead of him. Elliott knows that he cannot afford to have anything distract him. Though he would appreciate some friendly help from teammate Kyle Larson to try and get him into the Championship 4.


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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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.