For Some Reason, Chase Elliott Can’t Close the Deal

By Jared Turner

In less than two seasons as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Chase Elliott has recorded five runner-up finishes but has been unable to find Victory Lane. Sunday’s race at Dover was undoubtedly his most painful defeat yet. Despite leading a race-high 138 laps and holding a healthy four-second lead in the race’s final portion, Elliott could not hold off Kyle Busch, who overcame a deficit of more than four seconds in the final 60 laps and took the lead with one to go. “I’m just so disappointed in myself,” said Elliott, a 21-year-old second-generation driver who competes for Hendrick Motorsports. “Golly, I couldn’t have had it any easier. It ran green from the stage break all the way to the end. And, I gave it away. I appreciate my team and their efforts today. The pit stops were great and they kept us in the ballgame. I didn’t.”