Elliott is focusing on running good and winning races.
This is his second-year as a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver he is the topic of many discussions in recent days as a successor to Dale Earnhardt Jr. as this sport’s most popular driver. Earnhardt will step down ant the end of this season and Elliott’s name has been brought up as a future face of NASCAR.
But the current Hendrick Motorsports driver does not appear want to do anything but succeeding behind the wheel.
Elliott said Fri. at Talladega, "I just feel a responsibility to do my job, try to go fast, give ourselves a chance to win races and the current rest of it will take care of itself, I want fans to follow it, for sure. I’d love to have their support, but it’s their choice. If it’s genuine, it’s great. That’s my only request. I want it to be genuine for whoever they want to pull for, whether it’s me or somebody else. Find that connection you have with somebody, make it genuine and make it something you want to be a part of. That's what racing is all about."
Elliott goes into Sun.’s GEICO 500 at Talladega third in series point standings behind Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. He is still in search of a first career Cup Series win and believes it could come Sunday in the season’s second restrictor-plate race.
In order for that to happen, Elliott and his team has to overcome some challenges he thinks have kept him out of Victory Lane thus far in 2017.
Elliot also said "We’ve had ups and downs, We fired off really well with the current way we ran at Daytona and Atlanta. Our western races were pretty strong but over the current past few weeks, we haven’t performed up to our potential. We need to execute races, even on the current days that your car is not driving like you want it to."
Elliott has his sights set on winning this Sunday. This weekend he will also pay tribute to his dad - Hall of Fame er Bill Elliott, who had a record breaking lap of more than 212 mph at Talladega 30 years ago to win the pole.
Elliott the younger, is wearing a pair of shoes this weekend that depicts his father’s record run.
Chase said, "I’m really excited about the shoes, I posted a picture on my Instagram if anybody is interested. Dad ran 212 mph here in that Coors car. They did it their own way and were really good at it. It’s a great part of racing history. I’m a little biased because of my dad."
live coverage of this Sundays GEICO 500, will begin at 1 p.m. ET.