One week after being wrecked by Denny Hamlin at Martinsville, Chase Elliott has returned to the driver’s seat of the No. 24 Chevy SS, but his bad luck has followed him to Texas.
Currently 26 points behind fourth place Kevin Harvick for the last spot in the Championship 4 race at Homestead, Elliott needed a good qualifying effort at Texas so he could earn valuable stage points early in the race. Things didn’t go as planned though, because the No. 24 team couldn’t even attempt a qualifying run since its didn’t pass the inspection process in the appropriate amount of time.
This means the 21-year-old Elliott will start at the back of the pack in 34th position. Still though, Elliott seems confident that he can race his way to the front of the field by the end of the race.
“As you all know, qualifying well is important for stage points so I think for us now it puts the emphasis on having to compete for a win,’’ Elliott said, according to NASCAR.com. “It keeps it simple. (April winner) Jimmie (Johnson) did it in the spring and I think if we have our car driving good tomorrow afternoon, it’s definitely doable.’’
Fans following Elliott this week at Texas won’t be seeing his blue and yellow NAPA-sponsored race car, as one of his other sponsors–Hooters–will be featured primarily on Elliott’s ride this Sunday.
You can watch Elliott drive the No. 24 Hooters Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday at 2 p.m. NBCSN will broadcast the race.