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Chase Elliott's Chicago flop—Is it just a bad day or a sign of deeper issues?

Ever since Chase Elliott made his debut in Xfinity in 2014 at Daytona, he has turned a lot of heads. Winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series title in his rookie year, he proved that he is a force to be reckoned with. His next big achievement was in 2020 when he won the NASCAR Cup Series. However, this season, despite winning in Texas, he has had his fair share of difficulties.

Now at Loop 110, Elliott has had a less than satisfactory start. After Group A of the qualifiers, he finished 9th fastest. Everyone had faith in Elliott getting a better result, but he fell short of the expectations. Not only did Chase Elliott dissatisfy his team, but he also made his fans feel the same way. So what’s the story here?

When the No. 9 team of Hendrick Motorsports shared his result on their X page, many fans were not happy with the result. In the post, the team stated, “Chase is P9 at the end of Group A qualifying. Check back in to see where we’ll start tomorrow.” Later, it only got worse as his #9 Chevy finished P18.

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Many fans shared how unhappy they were with his result as the comments section started to get flooded with tips and reactions, and here is what they had to say.

Chase Elliott’s fans aren’t happy with his qualifying run

One fan expressed how he was shocked looking at the result, as Elliott missed out by just one second. Stating that Elliott’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson, made some bad decisions with the car, this fan expected more from the team. Their comment read, “Off by a second. Alan, make bad adjustments. I look like I’m shocked.”

“Starting 18th maybe?” said one fan, basing his reaction on Chase Elliott’s qualifying time. The fan is estimating that he will start the race in the 18th position, making it not the best place to start a race.

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Over the years, Elliott has gained the respect of other drivers and fans too. He was given the nickname ‘road course master’ for his skills on a road course; however, the fan believes that he is not doing very well with a new car. The fan commented, “Will we ever see the old road course master Chase again? It’s kind of weird how he’s fallen off with this new car.”

“5 team show up competing for a win most weeks. 9 team shows up hoping to get a top 10 SMH,” is what one fan commented. The 5 team refers to Kyle Larson’s team, which is known for consistently competing for wins. In contrast, this fan feels that Chase Elliott’s team is now merely aiming for a top-10 finish, indicating a perceived decline in competitiveness.

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Another fan suggested that Kyle Larson is more aggressive in their driving style, especially in corners. They implied that Chase Elliott is not as aggressive, which might be affecting his speed, saying, “Watch every other driver, LIKE LARSON; they all drive deep in the corners and make so much speed!!!”

Everyone believes that Elliott can do better and they want to see so soon in results.