“I Would Like To..” – Chase Elliott’s Bold Pre-Season Prediction Is Almost a Reality

Published 07/30/2022, 10:15 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Chase Elliott (#9 Hendrick Motorsports NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) addresses the media in a press conference during the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum NASCAR Cup Series race on February 05, 2022, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Hendrick Motorsports’ golden boy, Chase Elliott, is on a stellar run ever since the 2022 season began. As of now, the 2020 Cup Series Champion has the most wins this season with 4 Cup Series victories so far. This brilliant result from the driver reminds us of a very bold prediction that he made ahead of the season. And the fascinating part is that he can very much complete it.

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Elliott only needs one more win to prove whether he’s a shaman or just another driver who made a random prediction.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 19: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, waits in the garage area during practice for NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Before the drivers sat in the next-gen cars to take on the tracks, the Charlotte Motor Speedway group asked them for some predictions. And Elliott had quite a bold hope.

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“For 2022, I would like to see the #9 team win five. That’ll be great.”

It could have seemed too ambitious to some before the season started. But, with Dover, Nashville, Atlanta, and Pocono wins already under his belt, it just leaves one race win for the #9 driver to make his big prediction come true.

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Moreover, there are still 16 races left in the NASCAR season, and 5 races in the regular season before the playoffs begin. So, there are a lot of chances for Elliott to make his prediction come true. Can he do it?

Chase Elliott is Not The Only One Who’s Prediction Might Come True

Although Elliott’s prediction is only one race win away, Denny Hamlin‘s might already be true.

May 29, 2022; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) wins the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Hamlin predicted we will have a new appearance in the Playoffs.

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“We will have a first-time playoff appearance by somebody”

All eyes suddenly go to the 2nd driver in the points standings, Ross Chastain. The Watermelon Man has been the driving force of Trackhouse Racing. Although he might not be the cleanest driver, he sure is fast.

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In the end, we can surely say that plenty of the predictions have already come true. And there are still more races to come! So, what are your predictions for the rest of the 2022 season?

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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