Hendrick Motorsports “Golden Boy” Chase Elliott’s All-Star Race Wish Garners Negative Reactions From The NASCAR Fans

Published 05/19/2022, 9:30 AM EDT

USA Today via Reuters

This weekend is the NASCAR All-Star race at the Texas Motor Speedway. However, the paddock seems to be divided over the whole situation. While some drivers would like it if the race had a more permanent residence, others are happy with the rotation system. Among them were Hendrick Motorsports duo, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.

Admittedly, Elliott had a slightly selfish reason to want a change of venue. This was because he knows that Texas is not one of his strong tracks. Unfortunately, his responses brought about a fair number of negative reactions from fans on social media. Many are of the opinion that the #9 Hendrick Motorsports driver is the sport’s ‘golden child’.


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Of course, there will be Texas fans who will be mad at the lack of endorsement from the 2020 Cup champion. However, in his interview, he admitted that the original intention for the All-Star race was probably meant for rotated races. To be precise, it would give fans in different parts of the country a reason to attend races.

What else did Chase Elliott say about the All-Star race?

Of course, he insisted that the concept of an All-Star race was pretty cool. In addition to that, there were many other sports that had an All-Star event. Of course, Chase Elliott did confess that he would be happier with lesser visits to the state of Texas for NASCAR races.

Looking at it from his point of view, it is understandable that he would want to go to tracks where he stands a better chance of winning.

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It is also worth noting that he was not alone in wanting the All-Star race at different locations. Teammate Kyle Larson acknowledged that there is a logistical issue with the whole matter.

So it may not be advisable to have the marquee race at different venues. However, he also said that, at least in the month of May, it seems more favorable to move, compared to moving the championship finale race.



Dhruv George

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