Chase Elliott claims he fulfilled his “dream” by ending Hooters’ winless streak in NASCAR at Texas

Chase Elliott ended his 42-race victory drought at the Texas Motor Speedway.


Chase Elliott claims he fulfilled his “dream” by ending Hooters’ winless streak in NASCAR at Texas

Chase Elliott (via CNN)

Chase Elliott had a fierce battle in the race’s later stages and claimed victory at the Texas Motor Speedway for Hendrick Motorsports. Moreover, this win ended his 42-race-long victory drought and broke the Hooters’ three-decade-old curse, subsequently fulfilling the former Cup series champion’s dream.

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Chase Elliott was not in the mix at the top in the early stages of the races as he had no stage finishes in either Stage one or Stage two. However, this quickly changed as the 28-year-old quickly worked through Denny Hamlin on lap 266. This move set the precedent for the HM driver who ended the victory drought for a Hooters-backed driver since Alan Kulwicki‘s win in 1992 and honored the former champion.

Hooter’s has been a partner of ours for a number of years now, and it’s been a dream of mine to pay respect to the late Alan Kulwicki, and drive in this car to a victory and been able to do a Polish victory lap. 
Chase Elliott said.

The No:9 Chevy driver after winning the race did a Polish victory lap i.e., driving the victory lap in the opposite direction, a tradition started by the Polish American champion Kulwicki. Elliott claimed that fulfilled his dream of honoring the racing legend ending the curse lamented on Kulwicki for the win with Hooters and seemed content with himself.

Could Chase Elliott’s return to form doom William Byron’s title chances?

William Byron has turned heads during his 2024 campaign across NASCAR garages in his 2024 campaign. However, he is a long way off the table toppers currently and has been facing fierce competition from his teammates recently. Moreover, with a win by Elliott adding to his teammates’ cabinet, Byron could be in for a troubled middle part of the season.

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Chase Elliott and William Byron
Chase Elliott and William Byron (Via IMAGO)

The No.24 driver mounted a challenge for the lead but later settled for P3 after being under pressure from Tyler Reddick behind. This may have demotivated the driver, but the 26-year-old stayed adamant that he was happy for his teammates.

It’s awesome. All of us are pushing each other to be better. I know how hard they worked and they’re a very capable team. It’s nice to see them have results and Chase works hard, he is a good teammate. Always pulling for those guys.

William Byron said.

Despite the setback, Byron was optimistic about his teammates and would be now setting his sights on conquering Talladega. Moreover, the 26-year-old already has two runner-up trophies at the Speedway and would like to do one better this time and claim victory at the high-speed track.

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