Hendrick Motorsports have struggled as a whole all season. I don’t think most people, myself included, think they’re going to just turn things around as quickly as they’ve done in the playoffs this season like they’ve done in the past.
So far, that’s proving to be true. But, Chase Elliott is doing his best job of trying to prove that false though.
Elliott, hasn’t had a top five finish since a third place run at Kentucky more than two months ago. He just hasn’t contended like he should.
This weekend, he’s quietly been flying under the radar.
Elliott, qualified his No. 24 Chevrolet eighth for Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN). In the three practice sessions, the Georgia native was seventh, third and fourth respectively.
He’s even been up front on the 10-lap averages chart too.
What that tells me is that he has great short run and long run speed. With Chicago being a 1.5-mile track, that will translate over to what should be a great run on Sunday.
Elliott, is quietly a sleeper to win this weekend. I think most would say the Toyota’s are the class of the field and if any one outside of the Toyota camp wins, they’d pick Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick. But, Elliott is staying right there with them.