Kyle Larson Hails Chase Elliott’s Work Ethic, Explains Why He Is ‘So Good’ in NASCAR

Published 01/13/2021, 7:45 AM EST
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – OCTOBER 28: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Hooters Give a Hoot Chevrolet, enters his car to start the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Over the past few weeks, Kyle Larson has gotten to know Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott much better. Larson has been helping Elliott a lot these days with the midget dirt racing experience, something the latter is very thankful for.

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During this process, Larson also understood what makes Elliott so good in stock car racing. The new driver of the Hendrick No. 5 car praised the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion’s work ethic.

“You can see why he’s so good in Cup or in a stock car because he works really hard at it as a student and wants to be better. That was cool, just to communicate with him,” Larson said during an interview, ahead of the Chili Bowl Nationals.

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Larson further admitted that Elliott does not hesitate to reach out to him if he wants to learn something new about midget dirt racing.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and his crew chief Alan Gustafson pose for a photo after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Kyle Larson praises Chase Elliott for wanting to learn

“He’s texted me randomly throughout these last few weeks. Like, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’. Last night he sent me some of his onboard and trying to judge gaps. And figure out slide jobs and things like that,” Larson added.

The 28-year-old went on to say that there are aspects of this form of racing that Elliott is not used to at all. The Cup champion understands that and makes it a point to communicate with Larson to learn more. One of those aspects is trying to figure out ways of constantly passing drivers on the track.

Former Chip Ganassi Racing driver, Larson, is certain that NASCAR’s most popular driver, Elliott, will earn even more fans now.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 McDonald’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Larson foresees an even bigger fan base for Elliott

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“Seems like he’s just enjoying it…His fan base is already big and it’s about to get a lot bigger,” Larson expressed. The Chili Bowl Nationals is underway now and it will be interesting to see how Elliott performs.

Even after the event, Elliott is set to participate in other different types of events, the Rolex 24 race being another huge one. Larson is excited to see how Elliott performs in those events too.

NASCAR fans, in particular, would eagerly await the start of the 2021 Cup Series season in February. Many expect to witness some enthralling battles between Elliott and Larson.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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