Chase Elliott penalized in Nitro Rallycross debut after finishing first in head-to-head match

One may call it a certified success, however Chase Elliott merely called his launching in the last round of Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Rallycross “fun”, in an occasion that saw him cross the goal initially in a head-to-head fight with Tanner Foust just to be punished for preventable contact in the last turn.

After winning the 2020 NASCAR Cup champion, Elliott has actually been attempting to leave his convenience zone and find out brand-new abilities in brand-new racing disciplines. With ASHOC as a sponsor and mentorship from Hendrick Motorsports colleague Kyle Larson, Elliott has actually attempted his hand at racing dirt midgets and sprint vehicles in 2021.

As the year drags to a close, Elliott made a venture into rally racing – and nearly managed a remarkable win early in Round 5 of the Nitro Rallycross season.

In the three-lap fight, Elliott went after Foust for the majority of the occasion. He remained in contact with the more knowledgeable Nitro routine throughout the three-lap race and closed enough to tap his back bumper on the penultimate lap. That offered Elliott the self-confidence to send his automobile even harder into the last turn on the white flag lap. Contact with Foust offered Elliott the momentum required to race to the checkers initially.

Race authorities saw it a little in a different way.

Elliott was evaluated a charge for what they considered preventable contact. Elliott was rejected the win, however his fast maturation in rally racing was impressive as he discovered how to wander, leap and guide his automobile with a handbrake in the period of those 3 laps plus practice.

“I appreciate Travis (Pastrana) and everybody for having me,” Chase Elliott stated on PeacockTV.com. “ASHOC is kind to let me expand my horizons on getting outside of my comfort zone. It’s been a lot of fun and I appreciate their partnership. The learning curve’s been steep. I’ve never driven a car like this before, so that’s a little different. This track does have a lot of asphalt though which is good, I think, for me.

“I’ve never jumped anything that far before, so I was a little nervous about that yesterday. I got to the point where I was like you just got to do it. The longer I sit around here and think about it worse it’s going to get. The learning curve’s been steep, but it’s been fun.”

On his very first dive, Elliott sent out the automobile too far down the ramp and buried the nose. On Lap 2, he landed securely in a more optimal zone.

Elliott’s shift from paved racing to brief dirt ovals has actually been fascinating, however barely effective. And while rally racing is definitely not in his convenience zone, it is nearby with the Company Raceway in Northern Florida being comprised of big swaths of pavement with dirt included on top.

“I’m trying to simplify it,” Elliott stated. “With these kind of cars, and having front wheel drive and then having a handbrake – that handbrake is a nice tool to have. Everything you do in this thing when you drive it … drives tight or understeer into the car, so pointing where you need to go is really weird. Anytime I get out of shape, or the car gets at an angle (in a paved racecar). You’re always back steering, whereas in this car a lot of times you might be sideways, but you’re actually still turning towards the turn, or turning the correct way, where normally (I’d) be turned the opposite way.

“It’s very different but a lot of fun, some of the most fun times ever had in a race car.”

In the ending on the 2nd day of racing, Chase Elliott ended up last in the eight-car field that was won by Timmy Hansen.

Elliott’s visitor look in Nitro Rallycross comes 2 rounds after fellow NASCAR star Kyle Busch directly missed out on the podium in his launching at Wild Horse Pass.

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