NASCAR Insiders Send Good News To Chase Elliott Fans Hours Ahead of Watkins Glen

Published 08/17/2023, 11:55 AM EDT

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In the high-octane world of NASCAR, where speed and strategy collide, one name stands out like a beacon of road course excellence: Chase Elliott. The motorsports maestro from Dawsonville, Georgia, has carved his path to greatness with a series of mesmerizing performances on serpentine layouts, proving time and again that his prowess knows no bounds.

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At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Elliott recently continued his captivating streak of road course triumphs. His runner-up finish on the challenging 14-turn layout marked his sixth top-five finish and ninth top-10 placement of the season, a testament to his relentless dedication and undeniable skill. And NASCAR experts are dwelling on his future wins.

Rising Anticipation: NASCAR Experts Weigh in on Elliott’s Prospects at Watkins Glen

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In the world of NASCAR, anticipation is building as the racing community gears up for the upcoming event at Watkins Glen. The recent podcast episode of GoPRNLive featuring Alan Cavanna and another NASCAR expert sheds light on Hendrick Motorsports driver’s promising prospects at the upcoming race.

“Signs of life from the Nine team. We hadn’t seen any rewrite but the last few weeks. A few stage points here, better qualifying and then finally on Sunday at Indy. Good qualifying and running up front throughout the whole time he’s finally getting the stage points and look what happens though, a new winner. He actually lost ground on the elimination line. That’s the only worry is that second place is not good enough. I mean, think about that,” Cavanna stated.

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Cavanna further added, “That’s the position they’ve worked themselves into where yes, second is good and Watkins Glen and maybe it’s a preview of that, but you can only celebrate it so much because he didn’t get that one extra position. That’s where they find themselves right now. Maybe a little bit too late, but if you’re 9 Fan You have to love what you saw. Even though it was the 2nd place finish Signs of life.”

Elliott’s consistency on road courses shines like a beacon of brilliance in a season filled with twists and turns. With a trio of road course events under his belt this season, he’s achieved the extraordinary feat of securing a top-five finish in each of them. From the scenic Sonoma Raceway to the bustling Chicago Street Course, Elliott’s tireless pursuit of excellence has left his competitors trailing in his wake.

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But it’s not just this season’s road course dominance that defines Elliott’s legacy; his affinity for such tracks has been evident throughout his career. Among these storied victories, Watkins Glen International holds a special place. 

Controlled Destiny: Why Watkins Glen Holds More Promise Than Daytona for Chase Elliott

It was hereat Watkins, in 2018, that Chase Elliott claimed his first NASCAR Cup Series triumph. Steering his way to victory by leading 52 of 90 laps, he etched his name in history. He proved perseverance pays off, especially after enduring heart-wrenching losses and near-misses.

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Yet, amid the accolades and triumphs, the #9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver remains grounded and stated,  “Certainly, don’t want to have yourself in a position to have to win at Daytona. But that’s a possibility at this point. I feel way better about going to Watkins Glen than I do Daytona because there is more in my control going there verses a plate race.”

As the NASCAR season progresses, eyes are set on Watkins Glen again. With a remarkable average finish of 5.7 at the track, Elliott’s track record is awe-inspiring. His mastery of serpentine layouts and unwavering consistency places him in a league of his own, setting the stage for another breathtaking performance.

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As the engines roar and the competition heats up, Chase Elliott stands as a testament to the power of perseverance, the beauty of teamwork, and the thrill of conquering road courses. The NASCAR landscape is unforgiving, and every position matters. Elliott’s team recognizes that securing the extra place is crucial to their success.

 

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Brahmi Dhaytadak

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Brahmi Dhaytadak is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. She combines her love for F1, Tennis, and NASCAR into electrifying prose that sets the hearts of her readers racing. Whether it was the finesse of Charles Leclerc's maneuvers around Monaco or the artistry of Roger Federer's racket, everything inspired Brahmi to venture into the field of sports journalism.
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