NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
Event finished
28 Feb
-
01 Mar
Event finished
06 Mar
-
08 Mar
Event finished
R
Martinsville
07 May
-
09 May
Next event in
28 days
R
All-Star
15 May
-
16 May
Next event in
36 days
R
Charlotte
22 May
-
24 May
Next event in
43 days
R
29 May
-
31 May
Next event in
50 days
R
Michigan
05 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
57 days
R
12 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
64 days
R
Chicagoland
19 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
71 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
78 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
85 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
91 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
99 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
120 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
127 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
134 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
140 days
R
Darlington
04 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
148 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
154 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
161 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
169 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
176 days
R
Charlotte II
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
183 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
190 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
197 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
204 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
211 days

Elliott after career-best result: "I did dumb stuff today"

shares
comments
Elliott after career-best result: "I did dumb stuff today"
By:
Jun 12, 2016, 9:28 PM

Let there be no doubt, Chase Elliott will not accept anything less than what he thinks is possible, regardless of whether it’s his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series.

Michigan atmosphere
Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

“Not a good day, nope, not a good day,” Elliott said emphatically at his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after finishing as runner-up to race-winner Joey Logano Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

“I can’t do dumb stuff and expect to win this thing. When you do dumb stuff, you don’t win. I did dumb stuff today.”

The critical restart

Elliott led on a restart with 47 of 200 laps remaining but missed a shift, which cost him several positions on the track. He had moved back to second to challenge Logano on restarts with 34 and seven laps remaining, but could not get close enough to attempt a pass for the lead.

Also hampering Elliott down the stretch was the fact his team did not get all of the gas in from the second gas can on his final pit stop on Lap 150. The final caution with 10 laps remaining cleared up that issue.

The finish was Elliott’s best in the series in just 20 career starts and his 11th top-10 finish this season – only Kurt Busch (13) and Kevin Harvick (12) have more.

But the 20-year-old son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliot does not like to see the opportunities for wins slip away.

“We’ve been working so hard the past few weeks. That one was on me,” Elliott said curtly.

Asked if he was aware of the fuel situation, Elliott said, “I figured everybody was close.”

Needing yellows

Alan Gustafon, Elliott’s crew chief, called the fuel mileage situation “ugly.”

“We needed those cautions. We gave Joey a run there and got it down under a second. If we had gotten it a little closer, I would have let Chase go and took a chance,” Gustafson said. “But I had to back him down with about 15 (laps) to go.

“That caution came out at the end and then we had enough to go.”

Asked if Elliott’s missed shift was a “game-changer,” Gustafson said, “We lost the lead there but I think he’s too hard on himself. There are some situations behind that. It’s a little bit different and I understand why it happened.

“He’s a really good kid, he’s a really good race car driver and nobody’s perfect. I hate he’s so hard on himself. I’d like to see him take a moment to enjoy this. I don’t think Joey could have passed us and we definitely weren’t going to pass him.

“We lost it there but he did a good job of getting back to him.”

Next article
Logano fends off Elliott, earns first win of 2016 at Michigan

Previous article

Logano fends off Elliott, earns first win of 2016 at Michigan

Next article

New NASCAR aero rules at Michigan a "step in the right direction"

New NASCAR aero rules at Michigan a "step in the right direction"
Load comments