Defending Series champion Elliott ready to give his all at Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race | Sports
The Bass Pro Shops NRA night race at Bristol Motor Speedway seems tailor-made for Chase Elliott.
Elliott has won the last three cutoff races of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs en route to the 2020 Cup Series championship. He has shown a lot of speed during his recent visits to Bristol Motor Speedway, claiming a victory in the NASCAR All-Star Race 2020.
Combine these factors and the driver of the # 9 Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports is very excited about Saturday night’s race.
“A cut race in Bristol is perfect. It’s a big event, ”said Elliott. “It’s one of the most exciting events of the year. This is the one that has been that way for a long time on our program. I think it’s a good place for a cut-off, and I’m glad it’s in the playoffs.
Currently seventh in the standings, Elliott is well positioned to advance to the playoff round of 12. He has two wins, 12 in the top five and 17 in the top 10 in the first 28 races.
At just 25, he has 13 career victories. He’s been solid on the arena with three top-10s in the last four short track races. His Bristol record includes three top-five finishes and 310 laps led, the most tracks he has yet to win.
Additionally, team leader Alan Gustafson has worked with multiple Bristol winners Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin. The wild card is the track itself which reverts to concrete after being covered in dirt for the spring race.
“It looks like (Bristol) did a really good job of how they deposited the dirt and brought it back to where the track surface doesn’t look different,” he said. “I expect everyone will adapt fairly quickly. The Bristol Night Race is always one of my favorite races of the year. It’s a great environment and one of the coolest events on our program.
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