“Reinvent the Wheel” – Chase Elliott on his Approach to the Cup Series Playoffs

Published 09/17/2021, 9:19 AM EDT
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


The final race of the opening Playoff round is almost upon us. Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson have already booked their slots. Now, the rest is up to the remaining 13 drivers to squabble over nine slots after the Bristol race. Among the prospective qualifiers is defending Cup Series champion Chase Elliott. In an interview with Forbes, he talked about his approach to this season’s Playoffs.

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He said, “It’s just focusing on the things that we do well and putting in a good fight all the way through each race and each round. I don’t feel like you reinvent the wheel. Just try to do what we do to the best of our ability. We’re ready to go, we’re ready to race and having the support of our fans and sponsors, like Kelley Blue Book, gives us extra motivation. It adds that excitement to going to the track, with something to be gained or loss. That’s why I enjoy it, and that’s why these final races are exciting.”

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Chase Elliott may be under a bit of pressure

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Of course, the #9 driver will want to keep Larson company in the Playoffs. This is because there are two Joe Gibbs Racing cars in the next round, as opposed to one Hendrick Motorsports car. Admittedly, Larson may need all the help he can get, as his other two teammates look a little vulnerable.

BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consmers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 11, 2018 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

To be precise, Alex Bowman and William Byron are languishing in the Bottom 4 or are close to it. As a result, they really need a good result at the Bristol Motor Speedway. For Chase Elliott, though, he is not in any immediate danger. This is because he is fairly far away from the Bottom 4. On the other end of the spectrum, he will need to get a move on in the standings. Especially since the race to the Championship 4 is intensifying.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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