“It’s a Big Commitment to Do” – Chase Elliott on His Possible Participation in Dirt Racing

Published 06/20/2022, 11:38 AM EDT
Jun 12, 2022; Sonoma, California, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) races during the NASCAR Toyota – Save Mart 350 event at Sonoma Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Last weekend, there was no NASCAR Cup Series race, so the drivers were free to do what they want. So, Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott took a small trip to Pensacola. This is because there was an SRX Series race at the Five Flags Speedway. As it happens, he was there to cheer on his father, NASCAR legend and former champion, Bill Elliott.

Over there, Elliott Jr also spoke about whether he would be thinking about dirt racing at Pensacola in the future. The driver was referring to some of his cameos in the Chili Bowl Nationals, which is normally held on a dirt track. Now, he is possibly thinking of making more frequent appearances at the iconic dirt racing event. In addition to that, the Snowball Derby could also be on his radar.

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He said, “It’s something I always think about to do. It’s just not that easy, you know, it’s a big commitment to do. To do it the way I want to do it, is as simple as it may seem.”

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“So if the opportunity is right and the time is right, then yes, I would love to come back. If it’s not, then you know I won’t come back this year. Just depends on the timing and whether or not we want to come back.”

What lies ahead for Chase Elliott in the NASCAR Cup Series?

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In all honesty, the #9 Hendrick Mot0rsports driver definitely needs the break. This is because he is in the midst of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series battle. Fortunately, he already has a win this season, so he has qualified for the Playoffs.

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However, the regular season is not over yet, so there is time for more drivers to snatch up spots. On the bright side, he is leading the standings in the regular season, and if he keeps this up, he can be the champion.

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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)

Beyond that, Elliott is all on his own when the Playoffs kick-off. However, the driver is more than capable of holding his own in the championship. Especially considering that he is the 2020 Cup Series champion and was 4th in the Championship last year. On the other end of the scale, it will not be easy for Chase Elliott to reach Victory Lane.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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