Already set to enter this weekend’s event at Road America as the defending race winner at the 4.048-mile road course, Chase Elliott got another boost on Sunday night at Nashville when he scored his second victory of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. These two facts, plus the fact that Elliott is widely considered NASCAR’s best all-around driver on road courses, certainly bode well for the 2020 series champion and Hendrick Motorsports wheelman heading into Sunday’s showdown in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
But just what is it exactly that makes Elliott so strong on road courses? “I honestly don’t know, man. I wish I did,” NASCAR’s perennial most popular driver said. “If I did, I’d tell you – maybe. But I honestly don’t. I have no idea. I just feel like it’s good cars. Our team as a whole, I mean, has been good at road courses the whole time, too. I feel like drivers are only as good as what they have to drive. Fortunately, I feel like I’ve got the best stuff, and I’ve just gotta make it work.”
Elliott did just that last year at Road America, leading 24 of 62 laps in his No. 9 Chevy and taking the checkered flag nearly six seconds ahead of runner-up Christopher Bell. The victory was Elliott’s seventh – and most recent to date – on a road course and moved him into sole possession of third-place for all-time Cup Series road course wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famers Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. That’s certainly not bad company to be in. “It’s super cool and an honor to even be in at least like four lines below them, much less a couple,” Elliott said.