“NASCAR Rules Are Garbage” – Fans Angry at Forced Hendrick Motorsports & Chase Elliott Withdrawal at Darlington

Published 05/07/2022, 4:55 AM EDT
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)

Whether you’re a Chase Elliott fan or you’re on the other side of the fence, you cannot disagree that mother nature played a big part in his first win of the season last week. Who knows what the race outcome would’ve been if the rain hadn’t fallen down at Dover?

But the fact is, it did. And Elliott won on the next day.

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However, a week later, because of the same reason, rain, Chase Elliott’s race is compromised again; this time it’s not in his favor. The Hendrick Motorsports driver was scheduled to run in the qualifying and subsequently in the Xfinity Series race at Darlington for JR Motorsports.

But the qualifying session itself was canceled, leaving the 2020 Cup champion in no-man’s-land.

“Due to rain, qualifying has been cancelled @TooToughToTame . @chaseelliott and the No. 88 @HendrickCars team will not qualify for tomorrow’s race,” JR Motorsports tweeted.

This tweet by JR Motorsports, though, led to some interesting fan reactions. Many fans expressed their disappointment as they were looking forward to seeing NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver take part in the race.

Chase Elliott opens up on his relentless approach towards winning

After winning his first race of the season at Dover, Chase Elliott addressed the media and revealed whether there was a change of approach he took that earned him this win.

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“I want to win just as bad at Daytona at the start of the season, when no one has any [winner] stickers on their cars, just as bad as I do when we get to Phoenix at the end of the season, regardless of what has gone on,” Elliott said.

AVONDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 07: #9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts races #5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro HendrickCars.com during the NASCAR Cup Series championship race on November 7, 2021 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 2020 Cup Series champion emphasized that his drive is to “drive to win”, to do his job to the best of his abilities.

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It doesn’t matter whether his team is struggling or doing good, whether his teammates have won or they haven’t, all Chase Elliott wants to do is win.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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