“Final 4 for Every Year” – Chase Elliott Reveals Future Goals after Maiden NASCAR Cup Title

Published 01/08/2021, 9:10 AM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and his crew chief Alan Gustafson 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)


2020 turned out to be a magnificent season for Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports. Following a good regular season and a charge through the playoffs, the 25-year-old made it to the Championship 4 race at Phoenix.

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Despite getting a grid penalty in the race, he blitzed through past the traffic from the back of the field. In doing so, he got rightly rewarded with a Cup Series title at the end of it all after a well-fought race.

Speaking in an interview, Elliott opened up on what is next in the Cup Series for him. With the entering of a new decade, there is a possibility that we could see one of the next biggest superstars in the sport.

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Elliott stated, “Especially now with the way the points system is, coming down to one race. I think it just makes it that much harder to go on a big run.”

Reaching the Championship 4 race is a great achievement, says Chase Elliott

 “Is it achievable? Absolutely. But I think the most important thing is to just be in that mix as frequently as you can.”

Despite having a decent regular season, it was from the playoffs stage onwards that Elliott really hit his stride. His win at Martinsville at the very end in the Round of 8 paved his way to the title-decider.

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 Hendrick Motorsports No.9 continued, “Making that final 4 I think is a great achievement, honestly. As time goes on, we’ve seen a very consistent group of drivers be in the final 4 since that deal was implemented back in what, 2014.

“There’s six guys I feel like kind of interchange and 2-3 of them I feel like they’re always there.”

Elliott’s goal for the future is to keep making consistent appearances in the Championship 4 race every season

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“So that’s where I want to get, I want to be in that mix. I want to be in the mix of making that final 4 for every year.

“I think we’re very capable of that as a team, Alan and I haven’t really sat down and gone over the specifics, but we both want the same things,” concluded Elliott.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 15: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, stands in the garage with crew chief Alan Gustafson during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The No.9 car looked exceptionally fast on a few tracks and he will himself expect more of the same in the 2021 campaign. In his pursuit for more success, then, Elliott would need to put in similar displays during the playoffs to guarantee his spot for title contention yet again.READ MORE – “Expectations Are Very Low” – Chase Elliott Not Focused on Results but on Learning Process at Chili Bowl Nationals

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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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