NASCAR driver Chase Elliott opened up about today about finishing second in Sunday’s Daytona 500 after narrowly escaping a fiery crash.
Elliott is the driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports. The reigning NASCAR Cup Series had his best Daytona 500 finish ever when the race concluded in the early hours of Monday morning.
The 25-year-old driver was able to avoid disaster when a last-lap accident occurred as the leaders were battling for the top spot. Elliott was less than a car length behind the Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell at the time of caution.
“I don’t think it was very close,” Elliott admits. “I kind of got next to him and I saw the lights come on, so I knew it was over right then.”
Elliott also took the time to thank has sponsors and his team for putting in the work.
“Just a huge thanks to NAPA, Chevrolet, and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports,” he said. “I felt like we had a fast car. We weren’t as good as I thought we were on Thursday. I felt like we did a really good job executing today. Staying out of trouble – that’s not something I’ve done a very good job of here in this race, so I’m glad we could at least finish this one and have something to build on for when we come back and try to do better.”
The official NASCAR Twitter account announced Elliot’s placing promptly after the race was over. “Second will have to do for @chaseelliott tonight. #DAYTONA500.“
Chase Elliott Wrecks Ryan Blaney at Busch Clash, Days Before Daytona 500
The 25-year-old Chase Elliott was able to avoid near disaster in the last lap at the Daytona 500 on Sunday night. However, he wasn’t so lucky last Tuesday during the Busch Clash.
During the final lap of the Busch Clash, Ryan Blaney was narrowly leading Chase Elliott. Elliott was right on his tail before trying to make a move to take the lead. While doing so, Elliott caught Blaney’s bumper, completely turning him around. And although he was able to keep some of his own momentum, it was enough. It allowed Kyle Busch to squeeze ahead and take the victory.
Blaney and Elliott have been friends over the years. But despite that, it was clear that Chase Elliott only had winning on his mind at the time of the incident. Unfortunately for the young NASCAR star, his efforts directly led to Busch crossing the finish line for first place.