What is wrong with Chase Elliott?
While fellow competitors like Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ryan Blaney have all nabbed wins at NASCAR’s top series, Chase Elliott remains winless and in the midst of his fourth season at The Cup level. Not only that, he has been moved to the #9 car and while the reason for is so Elliott can drive his dad’s historic number for the rest of his career, he was originally the one chosen to fill Gordon’s historic ride.
Unfortunately for Elliott, William Byron became an unstoppable force in The Camping World Truck Series and then moved up to Xfinity Series where he won a championship in his first season. This lead to Byron ultimately getting the call up to Cup Series to replace Kasey Kahne in the #9, but Rick Hendrick moved him to the #24 instead. With that being said, it is starting to become obvious that Hendrick is losing faith in the former Xfinity Series
Of course Rick Hendrick still sees Elliott as a top star and recognizes his marketing appeal to fans, but he is obviously shifting things around to see where the problem is. Whether he determines that Chase Elliott is the problem and decides to get rid of him in favor of someone else, or Elliott is vindicated when he finally breaks through the glass ceiling remains to be seen, but him not being able to win yet is still a hot topic of discussion.
“I hope he doesn’t change too much, just fine-tune Jeff Gordon told Motorsports.com during an interview about what Chase Elliott needs to work on in order to finally a race win “He was working hard on restarts and he’s improved on those. “He needs to put together a complete race and breakthrough. Once he does, a lot more wins are coming soon.”
He also talked about his thoughts on Chase Elliott’s winless streak, telling Motorsports.com that,”“It reminds me of Jimmie Johnson trying to win a championship, he was right there, really competitive and once he broke through in 2005/06, you saw it coming,” Gordon told Motorsport.com.“The same thing will happen with Chase, he’s currently in the mindset of ‘what do I have to do to win’ instead of ‘I’m going to this race and I’m going to win.’”
In the end, this is a nice little endorsement for Chase Elliott heading into his fourth season as a winless Cup Series driver, but if Gordon is right about this consistency analogy, he could just end up winning a championship before he wins a race. of course he will have to work on putting a complete race together and not letting the win slip away in the closing minutes of a race, but once he does that, he’s apparently solid!