Chase Elliott Wins the 2020 Nascar Championship


Tom Tricoli, Staff Writer

After a very challenging Nascar season, that saw numerous race delays in part to the Covid-19 Pandemic and poor weather a champion has been crowned. Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet, emerged victorious this past Sunday at Phoenix. This was Chase Elliott’s very first championship in his very young career. He finished the season with 5 wins, 15 top 5s, 22 top 10s and 1,247 laps lead. Chase Elliott, just 24 years old, is now the youngest Nascar champion since Jeff Gordon back in the 90s. Immediately following the race, veteran and 7 time champion Jimmie Johnson, symbolically handed the torch over to Chase as this was Johnson’s final race of his 19 year long career. A very emotional Chase Elliott did a victory lap around the track, waving to all the fans while choking back tears before doing his burnout. Elliott celebrated his championship with his crew chief Alan Gustafson, his father Bill Elliott who is a Nascar Hall of Famer, and his mother. Chase Elliott had won 3 of the last 5 final races in what will definitely go down as one of the greatest late season surges ever. Although he was consistent throughout the entire year, only wrecking 3 times, Elliott was definitely not the favorite to win the championship until the final weeks leading up to Phoenix. With a long, illustrious career still ahead of him, it’ll be entertaining to watch champion Chase Elliott race for years.