“One of the Best Events” – NASCAR Superstar Chase Elliott Reveals Whether He Will Return to Chili Bowl

Published 01/17/2021, 8:30 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)


Appearing for the very first time in the Chili Bowl Nationals event, Chase Elliott ensured he gave it his all in the dirt track racing event. The 2020 Cup Series champion had long expressed his intention to race in the competition.

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He got a full taste of it in the 2021 edition of the tournament, and safe to say, he had a lot of fun racing there. Despite the fact that it meant a late exit for him prior to Saturday’s main feature race.

Regardless, Elliott was asked about the competition and whether he would come back to race in it next season. From his words in the brief interview, it does look like an affirmative response from the 25-year-old!

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The Chili Bowl is ‘everything that it is made out to be’, says Chase Elliott

Elliott stated, “I’d love to do it again you know, if the opportunity is there, I’d love to come back. I think this event is everything that it is made out to be.”

Elliott’s opportunity in the Chili Bowl came courtesy of a referral assist from fellow Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe. The man from Dawsonville stated that he would certainly wish to come back and try out his luck again, provided an opportunity came up.

“One of the best events on four wheels I think you’re ever going to find so, super cool. I’d love to come back up and have the opportunity to, and try to do better than the F next time, try to move forward,” concluded Elliott.

Elliott received some vital dirt racing experience

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The Hendrick Motorsports No.9 finished eighth in his prelim B-Main event earlier in the week. This saw him needing to work his way up the order to have a chance of competing for the title.

LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 02: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, exits his car after the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

His P7 in the F Feature 2 heat did not prove to be enough, which he will target to better in the 2022 Chili Bowl. However, it could still assist him in the proposed NASCAR dirt races in the Trucks and Cup Series in 2021.

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All said and done, Elliott enjoyed a valuable experience in another racing discipline. He now moves to take part in the Rolex 24 at Daytona event with Action Express Racing in a fortnight’s time.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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