Chase Elliott overcomes Daytona 500 blues; Tops MECS Atlanta Practice

Chase Elliott

It’s less than a week after the heartbreaking Daytona 500 for Chase Elliott, and the young guru is back behind the wheels at his home grid, Atlanta Motor Speedway, grueling for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

In addition, the Son of NASCAR legend- Awesome Bill Elliott, Chase broke the leaderboard in Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 188.015 mph in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Sunday’s race will be Elliott’s 43rd in MENC elite series in his second year of racing career.

Elliott, who had started on the pole in NASCAR’s most prestigious race Daytona 500 after winning the qualifying race earlier, dominated 23 of the final 26 laps of the race before meeting a distressing end to his masterclass performance as he ran out of fuel. Consequently, a lucky Kurt moved past Elliott and won. Elliott ended up 14th.The 21-year-old was chasing his first career victory. However, the incident has sparked suspicions as Elliott’s No. 24 Chevy had led up to 39 laps before.

Speaking on the happening, Elliot said that it is kind of just goes to show you if it’s not your day, it’s not your day.

Elliott on asked about what went wrong Daytona 500 said that there are two things to look at when you think about it. A: we [Hendrick Motorsports] had to play the cards we were dealt. I felt like we planned to the best of our ability. B: we ran out of gas. Yes, we [ teammate Kasey Kahne] were leading, and it’s easy to say, ‘Ah it was ours to lose but in reality, there were still three laps to go, and three laps at Daytona is a long time.

Elliott starts 11th on Sunday.

Let’s hope he takes this away!


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