Hometown Hero Chase Elliott Denied at Atlanta Again

HAMPTON, GEORGIA - JULY 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Adrenaline Shoc Chevrolet, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 11, 2021 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Many thought this time it might happen: Chase Elliott seemed to be poised to finally get a win at his home track Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Coming off a win at Road America the week prior gave Elliott his second Atlanta pole in his seven starts in the NASCAR Cup series.

Elliott would lead the first 13 laps, but troubles started early. During stops for a competition caution on lap 25, Elliott overshot his pit stall, hitting a tire into a crewmember behind the stall as he did so. He could return to the lineup 18th and seemed to struggle much of the day.

In the end Elliott was able to rally and finish 7th but will have to wait another day to try and get his first win and start his climb to match his dad’s total of five wins.

“We had a long day, for sure,” Elliott said. “The Adrenaline Shoc Camaro was not so hot there to start, and really just worked a lot. We changed a bunch of stuff throughout the day and just kind of kept grinding. I feel like we got to a decent spot there at the end.

“We weren’t anything special. But it was a heck of a lot better than where we started today. So, I’m happy with that. We just need to find a little pace and need to find a little bit myself and I think we can get back to where we need to be. We just need a tick more.”

Elliott’s best finish came in his second start in Atlanta when he finished fifth in 2017. With the track getting a repave as well as a reconfiguration however, Chase will need to start a new Elliott family winning tradition at what will be the new Atlanta Motor Speedway next season.