“Same Great Race On Sunday” – Chase Elliott Reveals His Biggest Takeaway From 2020 NASCAR Season

Published 12/20/2020, 11:19 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)


The year 2020 was unusually different for the entire world, and NASCAR was no exception. The season however was conducted with the same intensity and vigor, ending with Chase Elliott lifting the Cup Series title at the end of it all.

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But rest assured, the decision to host races at specified locations and planning the logistics to make it happen was no easy feat for NASCAR. Elliott talked about the biggest lesson he learned from the 2020 campaign.

Elliott stated, “I think there’s a lot of things that we learned as an industry. You know the amount of time we’re spending at racetracks that’s all maximized for the drivers and teams. And we’re still putting on the same great race on Sunday.”

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Chase Elliott believes the pandemic did not affect the quality of races

“So that to me, is the biggest thing that this situation, a bad situation, obviously with all this going in the world, led to a simplified version I guess of what we had with really no negative effect of the actual product on Sunday,” Elliott added.

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – NOVEMBER 01: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, and Cole Custer, driver of the #41 HaasTooling.com Ford, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

NASCAR closely worked with health experts and government officials to ensure that protocols were in place. As the season went on, all drivers and teams diligently followed the prescribed safety measures.

The Hendrick No.9 continued, “So I do think there was a complexity that had gotten so complex through greed and money. And just like you know money drives everything. Over the years things just kinda got carried away and carried away to the point where I’m not sure it could sustain.”

Elliott clinched the Cup Series title after winning at Phoenix

“I think we learned lessons this year that can really help this deal not only last for a very long time. But I think grow in the right direction that racing should,” concluded Elliott on the subject.

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AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and his crew chief Alan Gustafson pose for a photo after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

As the season restarted, the 25-year-old was not particularly impressive. Inconsistency in results coupled with a few crashes saw Elliott struggle to build momentum in the regular season.

But it was really close to the playoffs when Elliott started to come into his win. Following his win at Daytona later in the year, he became much more consistent. The run saw him eventually clinch the 2020 Cup Series title.

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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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