Daytona 500: Chase Elliott Thankful for Avoiding Crash, ‘Onto the Next’

by Joe Rutland

Chase Elliott admitted on Monday that he was really happy to get out of the crash-filled Daytona 500 still in one piece.

Elliott shared some photos of his day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Twitter. While the last-lap crash made for headlines, Elliott didn’t get caught up in the mess and finished second.

He found himself coming up short while Michael McDowell, winless in his NASCAR career, took the checkered flag and finished in first.

Take a look at what Chase Elliott said and shared with his social media followers on Monday.

Reporters caught up with Elliott after the events of Sunday’s race, asking about getting around the big crash.

“I don’t think it was very close,” Elliott said according to “I kind of got next to him (McDowell) and I saw the lights come on, so I knew it was over right then.

“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,” Elliott said. “The top was just so fast. It didn’t seem to matter who got down low; you couldn’t really make anything go. We all kind of tried at certain points in time; it just didn’t work out. Close – we finished one, so I’m pretty pleased with that.”

Chase Elliott Decides To Return To Iconic Paint Scheme

Now Elliott, 25, has been working on bringing back some favorite color schemes. He’s been teasing them through photos on his social media platforms. In his latest announcement, Elliott showed off the official Hooters paint scheme for his No. 9 Chevy.

Elliott will bring back his iconic “Night Owl” paint scheme for two races. Its first appearance will be at the Indiana Motor Speedway Road Course in August. The second will be the next month at Bristol Motor Speedway. The matte finish black-and-orange scheme was a fan-favorite last year.

Early in January, he posted a photo of his car sporting the classic NAPA Auto Parts paint scheme.

Elliott retweeted the look from the NAPA Know How Twitter account. In his post, the champ said, “See you in Daytona,” letting fans know when he would run the blue-and-white paint job.

In fact, the NASCAR champion did just that on the famed Daytona track. It was good enough for him to take a second-place finish after a wild day and night in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The fallout from Sunday’s Daytona 500 continues, so check in with Outsider and keep up with the latest news.