Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott gave full credit to his teammate Kyle Larson for the No. 5’s dominant win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Having come close to his second Cup win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Larson has finally secured the win at Charlotte. He achieved that in a dominant fashion, leading 327 of the race’s 400 laps.
Elliott who finished second in the race was the closest competitor to Larson throughout the race and led twice for 22 laps. However, barring an unfortunate circumstance, Elliott too knew that the win was Larson’s for the taking.
“He definitely did a better job for sure,” Elliott said of Larson. “I thought he did the best job driving and being able to make pace and not abuse his tires each run.
“Yeah, best driver, best car won tonight. There’s no doubt.”
As for the No. 9 HMS driver, he got his first win last weekend at Circuit of the Americas. While he would have liked to win this weekend’s race too but he is not frustrated to come second to a dominant performance from his teammate.
“We just keep pushing. We absolutely got beat tonight, no question,” Elliott said. “The only thing you can do is just look for more opportunities, be excited for another chance, and fortunately we have that next week, next Sunday, and the Sunday after that.
“We’ll just try to get a little better and me do a better job, us communicate better as a team, execute better, and try to have a better result.”
But if he doesn’t finish the upcoming race on the road course at Sonoma Raceway as the winner, the 2020 Champion will surely be disappointed. After all, six of his 12 Cup wins have come on the road courses.
“Sonoma has been a place that I haven’t done a very good job at, I don’t feel like. It’s been a pretty big challenge,” Elliott said. “Looking forward to getting there, looking forward to another shot.”