“We Were Really Going in the Right Direction” – Chase Elliott and Teammates on Hendrick Motorsports’ Good Form

Published 10/01/2021, 2:22 PM EDT
May 30, 2021; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) during practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports


In the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the Hendrick Motorsports team has been in excellent form. Both Kyle Larson and defending champion Chase Elliott are well in the running for the championship. Meanwhile, William Byron and Alex Bowman are just about hanging on in 9th and 11th.

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Speaking to Alex Weaver, Elliott talked about the direction in which Hendrick Motorsports is headed. He said, “To be honest, I feel like it goes back to the end of last year. All this kind of started there at the end of the season. We were really going in the right direction, as the Playoffs were progressing.”

According to the #9 driver, when a team starts performing well at the start, it is difficult to sustain it. Especially when the drivers approach the final 10 races of the season. Owing to that, Chase Elliott wants to ensure that Hendrick Motorsports is constantly pushing the limits.

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Chase Elliott was not the only driver to talk about HMS’ chances

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Meanwhile, Kyle Larson said, “Us drivers are all young and get along. I feel like we all want to see each other succeed because it only helps our organisation as a whole. It’s been awesome to be a part of, winning obviously makes everybody’s attitude great. I think all four of us was to just reward everybody for their hard work.”

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – AUGUST 15: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Hooters Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 15, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

On a different note, Alex Bowman admitted that he would prefer to be a consistent racer. According to him, there are occasions where he gets some good runs, but he later drops off and his pack picks back up again. He noted that there are some drivers who often pull up their socks by the end of the year and go on to win the title.

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Finally, William Byron confessed that his #24 car is not like its #5 counterpart. However, he also acknowledged that he has had plenty of opportunities to win the Playoffs.

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