2020 Cup champion Chase Elliott returns to Darlington after profitable for the primary time this season in final Sunday’s race at Dover Motor Speedway. Regardless of being winless within the Cup Sequence on the 1.366-mile egg-shaped monitor, Elliott gained the NASCAR Xfinity Sequence at Darlington in 2014, his first time racing there.
He gained his first race of the season at Dover Motor Speedway on Monday, giving Hendrick Motorsports drivers 4 for 4 within the report books of wins this season. His teammates Kyle Larson, William Byron and Alex Bowman are already within the playoffs, and it is solely Might.
Elliott spoke on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio this week to debate his season, which included lastly profitable his first race at Dover final weekend and becoming a member of his three Hendrick Motorsports teammates at Victory Lane. He was then requested about Darlington and why he selected to compete within the Xfinity Sequence on Saturday.
Within the dialogue, Elliott admitted:
“I really feel like I’ve struggled over there for the final couple of years. Simply haven’t gotten an excellent deal with on a course that I wish to be in or a selected really feel that I’ve been in search of. And clearly, with this automobile change now, it’s going to be a bit completely different however, such as you say, it’s been a spot that I simply don’t really feel personally I’ve introduced a ton to the desk and I believe that a chance that got here as much as run the Xfinity Sequence race with JRM on Saturday and I jumped on it as fast as I may as a result of I felt like that was one which I actually wanted. So I’m hopeful that that helps me. I wish to get some additional laps. I wish to attempt to higher our program there on Sunday.”
Chase Elliott’s entrance within the Xfinity Sequence 2022 season at Darlington Raceway
Chase Elliott hopes that the Xfinity Sequence race will help him within the Cup Sequence on Sunday. He additionally believes that among the classes he discovered in Dover will be utilized to Darlington.
Rain interrupted qualifying on Friday afternoon, placing an finish to Chase Elliott’s aspirations for a robust end and, extra crucially, receiving some monitor expertise. Chase Elliott and Brennan Poole had been each disqualified attributable to NASCAR guidelines.
Elliott’s appearances within the Xfinity Sequence have change into more and more uncommon lately. He solely raced as soon as final 12 months and completed fourth in Indianapolis. In 2019, he had one other one-off race at Daytona to start out the season, ending tenth.