Chase Elliott comes to his home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway on quite a roll after backing up his win two weekends ago at Nashville with a second-place finish this past weekend at Road America where he captured the pole and led over half of the race. If you go all the way back to Sonoma – the last race before the Cup Series’ off-week – Elliott has finished no worse than eighth in his last three outings while remaining atop the Cup Series standings, a position he’s held since after the season’s fifth race.
Despite being a native and resident of nearby Dawsonville, Georgia, Elliott is winless in eight starts at AMS and actually has just one top-five finish at the 1.54-mile track. So to say he’s hungry for a victory at the Hampton, Georgia venue would be an understatement. Will it finally happen this weekend?
As much as Elliott covets a victory at AMS, he doesn’t seem to have lost any sleep over the fact that he’s winless at home. Perhaps weighing just as heavily or even more heavily on his mind come Sunday will be the fact that he sort of let one get away at Road America, where he appeared to be sailing toward a fairly comfortable win before Tyler Reddick’s late-race surge. “I didn't do a very good job there,” Elliott said. “I just let him stay close enough to pressure me there while we had decent tires, and I never could get enough of a gap. Made a couple mistakes. I was gaining a gap there a couple times and made a couple mistakes and let him get back close enough to get me out of sync. After that, I just started struggling. I wish I could have done a better job there. … I think we were good enough to win, so those always hurt.”