Chase Elliott’s back has been against the wall before. The Hendrick Motorsports driver was facing elimination in the opening round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs only to win the cutoff race on the Charlotte ROVAL. That advanced him to the Round of 12.
In that round, Elliott started off with an engine failure at Dover which put him behind the eight ball. He went to the cutoff race in the second round needing help. He’d get it by virtue of a runner-up finish at the Kansas Speedway.
That propelled him to the Round of 8. Like last round, he had a mechanical malfunction in the opening race in Martinsville and has had him playing catch up. Then, he crashed on Lap 8 of last weekend’s race at Texas. Now, he’s facing a win or go home situation.
Elliott, is too far out to make it to the Championship 4 on points. He’s 78 back. But, he’s prevailed when the times mattered the most. He’s proven that no situation is too big now.
Elliott, has two top three finishes in his last four Phoenix starts and driving for a Hendrick team that has had past success at the ISM Raceway in the past. The problem with HMS at Phoenix though, that success was deep in the past.
HMS has won win in the desert since 2011 (16 races). They’ve had two since 2010. But, prior to 2010, they had won four straight.
Don’t count Elliott out just yet. Every time we do, he manages to advance on. A crash and a win in the same race on the ROVAL, an engine blowing in Dover, a crash in Talladega, an axle breaking in Martinsville and another crash at Texas and Elliott can still race for the championship despite that.