“Not Just at Chili Bowl” – Chase Elliott Reveals Aspirations to Dig Much Deeper Into Midget Dirt Racing

Published 01/14/2021, 8:30 AM EST
WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 05: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GoBowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott, on Wednesday, officially made his debut at the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals. The reigning NASCAR Cup Series champ spoke about the importance of his debut run from a learning standpoint, despite not advancing to the A-main race on Wednesday.


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He did find his range and rhythm towards the end of the B-main race, which gives him a lot of confidence and excitement for Saturday’s race and his future in this form of racing.

Elliott also threw further light on his future in midget dirt racing, announcing that he aims to participate a lot more in such races, and not only at the Chili Bowl.


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I would love to come back and do more of this type of racing and not just at the Chili Bowl,” Elliott said after Wednesday’s racing action in Tulsa.

Chase Elliott is ready to properly explore this form of racing

The attraction for Elliott in a midget car is not just the Chili Bowl, even though it is an iconic event. The NASCAR star wants to explore this form of racing in much more depth, as he understands that drivers who do well at this event do not just race at the Chili Bowl. It is their experience throughout the year in a midget car that aids their development.

Elliott’s NASCAR colleagues, such as Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell, are great examples of the same.

“The guys who come out here and are really good at this don’t just show up at the Chili Bowl. They run well all year long and they get in these cars as much as they can. That’s what you need to do to be competitive and to really put in the right amount of effort,” Elliott explained.

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)

Elliott went on to say that he aspires to run these types of races a lot more in the time to come. To do that, he needs to put in a great amount of effort and is quite ready to do so.

Chili Bowl 2021 is not just a one-off for Elliott

Many believed that his off-season stints this year are just a one-off, but Elliott seemed to quash all those beliefs.

If I’m going to come do this like I have aspirations to do, I’m going to put the right amount of effort forward and learn the right way. In my opinion, that’s racing. If I can make that work, I would love to do it,” he expressed.


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It will be interesting to see how Elliott manages to find time to further explore these races between his hectic NASCAR schedule. Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick was quite supportive of Elliott trying his hand at the Chili Bowl this year.

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, exit pit road during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Additionally, he is also supportive of Kyle Larson continuing to run different types of races along with his NASCAR schedule. So if Elliott too wishes to do the same, he would find support from his team to do so, further enhancing his skill set.


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Aayush Majumdar

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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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