Chase Elliott is coming off the best campaign of his brief NASCAR career, earning his first Cup Series championship. His success has elevated the expectations levels to another level for the 2021 season as he returns as the defending champion. Before all that begins, Elliott will roll with a brand new look for the upcoming year.
Chase Elliott posts a career-best year
Chase Elliott continued his ascension into NASCAR stardom after an impressive 2020 season that saw him earn his first Cup Series championship.
The 25-year-old took a significant step out of his father’s shadow and into his own spotlight after a dominant year. Elliott grabbed five of his 11 career wins last season that helped him become the third-youngest driver to win a Cup Championship. He is also only the third father-son duo to win titles joining the Pettys (Lee and Richard) and Jarretts (Ned and Dale), according to Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports.
He has competed for the Cup Series in each of his first five seasons, finishing no lower than 10th with two top-five finishes in the points standings. Elliott’s early career success has guided him to stardom as the face of the next generation of talent in the sport.
He already holds numerous impressive marks to his name as he’s the youngest Cup road course winner, youngest Darlington Raceway Xfinity race winner, and became the first rookie to win a national series championship in NASCAR.
His quick success has already garnered him NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver award the last four years. With that in mind, Elliott is changing things up a bit with a fresh look for the 2021 season.
Chase Elliott ready to showcase brand new look for 2021
Chase Elliott has rolled with the No. 9 car over the last few years sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts for Hendrick Motorsports.
Ahead of the 2021 season that begins next month, Elliott has made some subtle changes to his stock car. Those alterations to his paint job have a bit more flair and slickness to the NAPA Auto Parts color scheme, with more blue and yellow spread through the vehicle’s sides.
These changes marked the first significant update since 2018 when he switched to his father’s No. 9. Yes, a new paint job isn’t going to result in greater success, but it gives a fresh new vibe heading into next season.
Elliott will have the target on his back as the defending Cup Series champion, which will put the focus on him in every race. The 25-year-old appears to be more than ready to meet those expectations.
Expectations are high for upcoming season
Beyond gearing up to win a second NASCAR Cup Series championship, there is plenty of motivation for Chase Elliott.
A Daytona 500 win still eludes him, which his father Bill Elliott won twice in his Hall of Fame career. He will have his challengers for the Cup title as the top-four finishers in last year’s point standings finished within seven points of each other.
Brad Keselowski was only five points behind Elliott while Joey Logano took third six points from the top spot, and Denny Hamlin finished seven points away despite seven wins and 18 top-five finishes in 2020. The road to repeating as the champion won’t be easy for Elliott this upcoming season as he managed to win despite early race struggles.
All of that sets up what should be an entertaining 2021 campaign.