BRISTOL, Tenn. –Of the drivers still fighting for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff spots on points, Chase Elliott is highest in the standings.
But that doesn’t mean the seventh-place points position has the driver of the no. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet feeling secure about his postseason chances.
There are 13 drivers already locked into the playoff on the strength of race wins. And with three races left before the playoff cutoff at Richmond, Elliott knows his grip on a playoff could be precarious—unless he can win one of those three races.
“You’re never comfortable,” Elliott said. “We’re certainly in a tight spot. We’re there towards the back. I don’t exactly know 100 percent where we are, but I know we’re one of the last few spots of non-winners that are still in.
“That’s not a comfortable position to be in, because there is always an opportunity for a guy on the outside to win a race and bump you back another position. So it’s tight, for sure, where we are at.
“We feel like we need a victory to feel good about it. I mean, heck, we’re not many from having a full playoff list of winners. So, yeah, no, we aren’t real comfortable with it, just because in that position, you’re not really guaranteed anything.”