Kyle Larson Assesses Chase Elliott’s Chili Bowl Heartbreak

Published 01/12/2022, 2:40 AM EST
Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) passes the start finish line during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


Earlier, Kyle Larson and teammate Chase Elliott were qualifying for the Chili Bowl Nationals. Larson is bidding for a third consecutive Chili Bowl win, while Elliott is competing in the race for the second time. Of course, none of the drivers have gained automatic entry. In fact, they all have to go through a qualifying round to enter the main event.

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He said, “I’m sure he’s really disappointed with how it played out. He’s aggressive and confident, he’s been like, internally probably p*ssed off with himself. He is hammering it tonight. I know he’s probably disappointed, frustrated, mad, but everybody in the building can see he’s ramped up his aggression. He looks out of control, which is probably how you should be in these Midgets. So, seeing him adjust quickly, I think our car did a lot better now. Wish he could have gotten through Turn 1 better and he’d be in a much better spot.”

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How did Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and the other NASCAR drivers perform?

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Sadly for Elliott, he could only muster 8th place in his B-main event. This meant that he did not qualify for the final race. Meanwhile, Larson will be gunning for his fifth consecutive qualifying win in the Chili Bowl Nationals. Moving on to the other NASCAR drivers, teammate Alex Bowman finished fourth in his eight-lap heat race. Later on in the qualifying race, he managed to win, helping him advance to the A-Feature. Unfortunately, he finished ninth, but will race on Saturday in a C-Main class.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – AUGUST 15: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Hooters Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 15, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Chase Briscoe finished second to Tyler Courtney in the heat race. Later on, he won the first qualifier, but faltered in the A-Feature, notching up an 11th-place finish. Now, Briscoe is in the C-Main and will try to advance from there and get another shot at the main event.

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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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