“Doesn’t Get Enough Credit” – Chad Knaus on Chase Elliott and His Road Course Prowess

Published 08/05/2021, 8:52 AM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 09: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Autocare Center Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


In NASCAR circles, Chase Elliott is well-known for being an exceptional road course racer. There are plenty of statistics that support this, including his wins at at Watkins Glen and the Charlotte Roval. In addition to that, he has won at Road America and is the first-ever winner at Circuit of the Americas. The only ones missing from his collection are Sonoma, as well as the Indianapolis and Daytona road courses.

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Recently, Hendrick Motorsports VP of competition, Chad Knaus spoke about the defending champion. He said, “Chase, I don’t think, gets enough credit for what he does, personally, on the road courses.

“Everyone at HMS has done a really good job preparing these race cars.

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“Chase [Elliott] is very methodical and he thinks things through. You can actually just duplicate it, time after time after time. He’s very Jimmie Johnson-esque in that standpoint.”

What else did he say about Chase Elliott?

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According to him, Elliott analyses the situation and understands his roles clearly. From there, he can continue to keep improving and when he finally strings everything together, he is quite fast.

Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) races into turn one during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

For now, the Hendrick Motorsports driver is gearing up for this weekend’s Cup Series race. Coincidentally, the drivers will be making landfall at the Watkins Glen International circuit. Without a doubt, Elliott will be the favorite to win, considering his affinity for road courses. It also helps that he has won at the track, two years in a row, in 2018 and 2019.

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It is also worth mentioning that all of Elliott’s 2021 victories came at road courses. However, it does not mean that Elliott is guaranteed a victory at Watkins Glen. Instead, he will try and fight for the win, every step of the way, especially from the likes of the Joe Gibbs drivers, Team Penske, and even his own teammates.

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