The first two races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season have both ended in heartbreak for reigning series champion Chase Elliott. Two weekends ago, Elliott finished runner-up in the Daytona 500, falling narrowly short of his first victory in NASCAR’s most prestigious race when NASCAR threw the caution and froze the field following a multi-car crash on the final lap. NASCAR scored Elliott with a second-place finish behind Michael McDowell, but only after reviewing video footage to see which car was ahead when the caution light came out. Last weekend on the Daytona International Speedway road course, Elliott appeared to be sailing toward an easy victory when a late-race caution flag for a rain shower jumbled up the running order and left Elliott restarting all the way back in the 15th position. The Hendrick Motorsports driver’s attempts to get back to the front proved worthless when he was later involved in multiple dustups, including a spin and separate off-track excursion, and ultimately took the checkered flag in the 21st position. Prior to getting shuffled back on pit stops, Elliott had led 44 laps (more than half of the race) and appeared to be in total command. Needless to say, based on how the past two races have ended, Elliott obviously craves a better outcome this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he finished second last June. Despite the disappointment that the last two weeks have brought, he’s fifth in the standings and appears well on his way to making a serious run this season at a second consecutive title.