Chase Elliot is now reigning as the most popular driver. This is after he won the GEICO 500 at Talladega on Sunday. It was the kind of victory which has only been experienced by the likes of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Just after the race, Elliot thanked his fans, racing partners Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet, Mountain Dew, Little Ceasar’s and NAPA.
Elliot fame comes close to that of Earnhardt
When the beloved driver at Talladega Earnhardt Jr. took the lead or won, cheers like no other would rumble for miles. These are cheers only reserved for the hero of racing. After Earnhardt retired, no additional driver has got a roar close to that until last Sunday.
According to Elliot, it was the coolest thing he has ever experienced. The crowd was insane of him. He tried not to be emotional. He said he was riding a rollercoaster which has its up and downs. He added that there are times thing get out of hand and you roll. That may be fun sometimes not so.
Elliot drove in the last laps like a superhero, maintaining a lead over hungry competitors the like of Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. The way he was racing, it was an indication of the inevitable victory.
What does Elliott’s win mean for NASCAR?
Most of the big names who have won at NASCAR’S racing course left the sport after winning. They also left with a large number of fans. Almost half of them did so in the last five years. Elliot is a young driver, and so far he had four victories in 25 races. He has seized the mantle of Hendrick Motorsports.
With Augusta national golf course just a few miles away from Talladega, Elliot victory is likely to resonate just like Wood’s. Elliot is peculiar in a way, and he doesn’t like the idea of his own remaining prominent because you don’t know whether you will remain the same.
According to him, things have to stay the same. This is because people might not like you years to come.
“The post-race was unbelievable,” Elliott said. “I’ve never had a crowd just felt like in the palm of your hands, is how it felt. You get excited, they get excited. You walk, they don’t say anything. You pump your arms up, and they get pumped up. That’s just something that I’ve never really experienced. That’s one of the coolest moments, I feel like, of my racing career.”