As Elliott Seeks First 2023 Victory, He Revisits His Home Track in Atlanta

by Sophia Chen
Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott, former 2020 Cup Series Champion, doesn’t believe he can replicate his success from the previous year, especially as he returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway, the launchpad of his journey to NASCAR’s playoffs.

Elliott’s journey in 2023 has been plagued with challenges, dampening his expectations of making a seventh consecutive playoff appearance. His spirits were further dampened on Saturday when he only managed to qualify 23rd, while Aric Almirola seized the pole position, marking another triumphant day for Ford at Atlanta’s qualifiers.

As Elliott gears up for Sunday night’s Atlanta race, he currently ranks 24th in the Cup Series standings. Despite having claimed victory in Atlanta the previous summer, Elliott is yet to secure his first win of this season.

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His recent track record includes a third-place finish in last week’s street race in Chicago, marking his third consecutive top-five finish. This might suggest that Elliott could secure his playoff spot by accumulating more points through competitive finishes. However, achieving his first win this season would certainly ease the pressure.

Elliott has missed seven races this year, one due to a suspension following NASCAR’s ruling that he intentionally caused Denny Hamlin to crash, and the rest due to a snowboarding accident that broke his leg.

Despite these setbacks, Elliott believes his team’s struggles stem from more than just missed races. He thinks that Hendrick Motorsports has lost the magic touch it had during the victorious streak last summer at Nashville, Atlanta, and Pocono. Elliott believes that changes in the racing field and modifications with the tire are among the factors contributing to their struggles.

Elliott takes solace in the fact that his team is making steady progress.


Ford vehicles continued to shine in Atlanta’s first 2023 race, with the top eight qualifiers, including the eventual race winner Joey Logano. Aric Almirola’s win on Saturday marks another dominant day for Ford, with Ryan Blaney taking the second spot.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Elliott and Busch are the favorites to win with odds of 11/1.


In Atlanta’s spring race on March 19, Logano overtook Keselowski on the final lap to claim victory while Elliott was still nursing a broken leg. Logano hasn’t claimed another win since, but on Saturday, he expressed his comfort in having secured a place in the playoffs.


For the first time since 2014, Atlanta Motor Speedway will host a weekend of night racing. This comes as a relief from the intense summer heat for both the drivers and the spectators.


For this race, the speed limit for pit road has been increased to 90 mph under green between Turns 3 and 4, while it remains at 45 mph under yellow.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Chase Elliott

What is Chase Elliott’s current standing in the Cup Series?

Chase Elliott currently ranks 24th in the Cup Series standings as he heads into the Atlanta race.

Has Chase Elliott won any races in 2023?

As of the date of this article, Chase Elliott has not yet secured a win in the 2023 season.

How many races has Chase Elliott missed this season and why?

Chase Elliott has missed seven races in the 2023 season. One was due to a suspension after NASCAR ruled that he deliberately caused Denny Hamlin to crash, and six others were due to a snowboarding accident in which he broke his leg.

What is Chase Elliott’s position on the struggles his team has faced this season?

Chase Elliott believes that the struggles of his team, Hendrick Motorsports, are more than just the missed races. He cites changes in racing setups, tire alterations, and a general change in the direction of the garage area as factors contributing to their struggles.

Who won the pole in the Atlanta qualifiers?

Aric Almirola won the pole position during the Atlanta qualifiers, marking a triumphant day for Ford.

When is the next race in Atlanta?

The next race in Atlanta is scheduled to take place on Sunday night.

Is night racing a common occurrence at Atlanta Motor Speedway?

Night racing is not common at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is the first weekend of night racing at this venue since 2014.

Have there been any adjustments made to the pit road?

Yes, for this race, the speed limit for the pit road has been increased to 90 mph under green between Turns 3 and 4. Under yellow, the speed limit remains at 45 mph.

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MotorsportFanatic July 9, 2023 - 8:22 am

that Almirola dude is on fire this year, Ford’s killing it!

ElliotSupporter July 9, 2023 - 12:24 pm

We believe in you Chase! u got this!

RaceTrackAddict July 9, 2023 - 3:55 pm

am i the only one excited about the pit road changes? these technicalities can make or break a race!

NASCAR_Fan_82 July 9, 2023 - 8:45 pm

Oh man, Chase’s having a rough year, huh? Hope he can turn things round in Atlanta. Go Chase!

SpeedsterJerry July 10, 2023 - 1:21 am

Why the night race suddenly? not that m complaining, those are the best!


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