By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Elliott won the Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. This was his fifth win of the season.
“I’m not sure that I still even know,” Elliott said when asked what the championship means to him. “I just, man, I’m at a loss for words. This is unbelievable. Oh, my gosh. We did it. I mean, we did it. That’s all I’ve got to tell you. Unreal.
“Championship crew chief, Alan Gustafson, is now a NASCAR Cup Series champion, and very deserving. I just can’t say enough about our group. I felt like we took some really big strides this year, and last week was a huge one. To come out of that with a win and a shot to come here and have a chance to race is unbelievable.”
This was Elliott’s 11th career Cup Series win. He has won two straight wins to end the season.
Besides winning in Martinsville and Phoenix, the Dawsonville, Georgia also won at Charlotte twice and on the Daytona road course.
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Elliott is the third father-son to win a Championship in NASCAR’s highest level. Bill & Chase Elliott joins Lee and Richard Petty and Ned and Dale Jarrett, all of whom are NASCAR Hall of Famers.
“All you can dream for is an opportunity, and I’ve been very fortunate to have that over the years,” Elliott said. “You know, and that’s all thanks to some great people. You know, my parents obviously have played a huge role. The past year has been tough. I lost my best friend about a year ago tonight. Lost my grandmother last year. And all those things bring families closer, so I really can’t thank them enough.”
This is Elliott’s second Championship in NASCAR. He also won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship with JR Motorsports during the 2014 season.
Elliott beat out Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin in the Championship 4. Keselowski finished in second place, while Logano was the third-place finisher.
Hamlin was the fourth-place finisher.
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