“Just Not Good Enough” – Chase Elliott Talks about His 2020 Snowball Derby Experience And Congratulates Ty Majeski on Title Win

Published 12/07/2020, 8:30 AM EST
LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 02: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, exits his car after the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Ty Majeski was crowned the winner of the 2020 edition of the prestigious Snowball Derby. He had to fight hard but fair and fend off challenges from Derek Thorn and Chase Elliott to win the title.

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The late model racing event also saw the 2020 Cup Series winner Elliott take part in it. Although he had qualified for the event in P31, he built up some good pace and eventually finished the event in third.

Following the event, Elliott had nothing but words of kind praise and appreciation for Majeski. He also briefly outlined his own experience in this year’s event, following a five-year gap from participating in the competition.

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Chase Elliott congratulated Majeski on his fantastic achievement

Speaking after the race, Elliott stated, “It was solid and good, just not good enough. You know first off, congrats to Ty.”

“He’s one of the few guys that is fortunate to travel around the country in these cars. And I’d say he is probably the best at being able to leave his home area and go somewhere else and battle and he has proved that consistently. So I’m really happy for them.”

Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) leads Joey Logano (22) and Erik Jones (20) during the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Elliott was vying for his third Snowball Derby title, having previously won the competition in 2011 and 2015. Despite a late charge getting into the top five positions, he just could not catch up to the race leader.

Elliott believes he tried really hard to catch up to Majeski and Thorn

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He continued and said, “We were good, just not good enough. Those guys racing really hard put on a great race, I thought they left me every opportunity possible to join them.”

Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Chase Elliott celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

“I just couldn’t get there, I was trying really hard. Maybe too hard but wasn’t able to join them and yeah, wound up third,” concluded Elliott in response to the question.

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Most NASCAR enthusiasts had pegged the 25-year-old Cup champ to go on and win the Snowball Derby title. However, Majeski came out too strong on the day and outclassed his rivals to win the title. Elliott will now spend some well-deserved rest, before getting to pre-season duties with Hendrick Motorsports.

MORE – “I’d Love to Get More Involved” – Chase Elliott Expresses Plans to Run Many More Short Track Races after Snowball Derby

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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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