Chase Elliott Reveals the One NASCAR Driver He Would Race Against at a Track of His Choice

Published 02/13/2021, 9:30 AM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and his father Bill Elliott pose for a photo after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Chase Elliott is a champion driver for sure, but he is also an entertainer for the fans. It is not without solid credentials that he emerged to become the ‘Most Popular Driver’ for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.

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Recently, Goodyear organized a digital Q&A session for Elliott’s supporters. Taking over the tire supplier’s Twitter handle for a couple of hours, the 2020 Cup Series victor answered some intriguing questions put forth by NASCAR fans.

Among others, a fan asked Elliott which driver he would like to race against and at what track as well. The response from the Hendrick Motorsports No.9 was fascinating, to say the least!

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Chase Elliott picked his father, Bill Elliott

Elliott said, “Yeah, good question. I, you know, feel like I’d like to race against my dad, but not back in their prime. Not at the super-speedways, I know they were really fast at some of the speedways, and I know that gets talked about a lot.”

The 25-year-old’s father, Bill Elliott, also known as ‘Awesome Bill From Dawsonville,’ was a NASCAR driver himself. A two-time Daytona 500 winner and the Cup Series champion back in 1988, Elliott would have his work cut out defeating his father during the latter’s peak form!

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)

“But, they had some good runs on the short tracks and stuff too. I would like to try my hand against them, in their prime, at a Bristol or something like that. Think that’d be cool,” concluded Elliott.

Elliott did not exactly enjoy a spectacular week of racing in the build-up to the Daytona 500

Heading into the final turn at Daytona, the No.9 had a great chance of reclaiming the lead in the 2021 Busch Clash. If it hadn’t been for his clash with good friend Ryan Blaney in the end, Elliott would most likely have won the exhibition event title.

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LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 02: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, exits his car after the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Things did not get any better for the NASCAR superstar, as he struggled to overtake the likes of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in Duel 2. He now starts the Daytona 500 in 12th and would have some work to do on Sunday.

Regardless, people have already witnessed what Elliott is capable of when the chips are down. One can certainly expect to see him driving his heart out in the ‘Great American Race.’

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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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