Chase Elliott didn’t mind that Atlanta Motor Speedway used the fact he hasn’t won a NASCAR Cup race to help promote its event this weekend.
He just hopes it doesn’t have to continue such promotions in the future.
Nearly 35 years ago, Charlotte Motor Speedway had fans send in good luck charms for Bill Elliott, who went on to win later that year (1983) at Riverside in his 116th career start. Feeling sore for a couple of days after the vicious hit into the wall, Elliott said he was 100 percent for this weekend. We just got past the halfway point and half the field got crashed in one wreck and unfortunately, I was the guy that was ahead of the rest of them.
“And, you have to kind of set that precedent, because if yo
u let a guy run over you or make a move on you, he’s going to count on that every time. His son, Chase, has seven second-place finishes and would like to have his father keep the family record of most before the first Cup win. And Elliott, at 78 career Cup starts, is looking for a win long before race 116. So he enjoyed seeing all the trinkets and other items (rabbit’s feet, anyone?) that people sent in to wish him luck.
Elliott will start 27th in the Folds of Honor 500, scheduled for Sunday. The start time of the race has been moved an hour earlier to 1 p.m. ET because of the threat of rain. If the drivers don’t complete 170 laps Sunday, they will try to race Monday.
For Elliott, the most frustrating second-place finishes were the ones in which he felt he made mistakes.
Elliott didn’t stay for the rest of the race.
“It wasn’t that I was too frustrated to watch, I think I was just ready to go home more than anything,” Elliott said.
Feeling sore for a couple of days after the vicious hit into the wall, Elliott said he was 100 percent for this weekend.