“I really feel like we’ve realized a number of classes prior to now few weeks” – Elliott
Chase Elliott isn’t any stranger to the NASCAR Cup Collection playoffs however other than having yet another win this yr than final, the Hendrick Motorsports driver can’t say his fourth look stands out above the others.
“I really feel good,” Elliott did admit throughout media day Thursday afternoon. “I really feel good mentally. I really feel good bodily. I couldn’t look you within the eye and let you know I’m any totally different or I really feel any totally different as we speak than I did a yr in the past or two years in the past, however we are able to act prefer it for a day or two and see how Sunday goes.”
Elliott and the No. 9 Chevrolet workforce begin the playoffs seeded seventh with 18 bonus factors. A yr in the past, he had only one win (Watkins Glen) and 10 fewer factors, whereas now Elliott carries two victories from the common season, Talladega and a Glen repeat, and being the highest-seeded Hendrick driver.
These forward of Elliott are from the organizations which have earned essentially the most wins and headlines this yr. However regardless of — Elliott is assured his workforce is simply as able to attending to the title race.
“I really feel like we’ve a workforce that’s championship-worthy,” he mentioned.
Elliott additionally believes the hole from these prime groups — particularly Gibbs and Penske — to everybody has closed via the season, if simply barely.
“In sure areas, for positive,” mentioned Elliott. “Different areas, I feel we nonetheless have work to do. However, I really feel like we’ve realized a number of classes prior to now few weeks that if we are able to get issues rolling after which implement on the proper time, I feel we might doubtlessly make some good points. So, that’s why it’s so exhausting to inform. We may be excited a couple of weekend or a automobile construct or one thing, however you don’t know what all of your opponents have performed, both. You already know they’re not simply sitting there staying the identical. It’s so exhausting to guess.
Elliott’s No. 9 has been the tip of the spear for Chevy for a lot of 2019. Picture by Nigel Kinrade/LAT
“That’s been one of many issues I’ve realized essentially the most in my profession; there have been instances that I’ve been actually excited a couple of race weekend, after which we get someplace, and we suck. I simply don’t get enthusiastic about it as a result of till we get there and actually see how issues go, it actually doesn’t matter. We simply must method every week with the identical degree mindset and hope it goes good. As a result of making an attempt to guess beforehand doesn’t appear to do me a lot good.”
In his earlier three playoff appearances, Elliott completed sixth, fifth, and 10th.
Chevrolet has not had a representing driver at Homestead since 2016 when it was one other Hendrick driver, Jimmie Johnson. Elliott has by no means been in that place. Nevertheless, he has been the main Chevy driver for a lot of this season in wins and factors, and if there’s any perception that the producer has an uphill battle towards the Fords and Toyotas, it’s not one thing Elliott shares.
“I don’t suppose so,” he mentioned. “I don’t lose sleep over it. I feel it’s what it’s. We’ve got only a good a shot as anyone this yr.”