Chase Elliott is still trailing NASCAR’s Big 3 by a lot: ‘They don’t mess up’

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Chase Elliott won two of the last three NASCAR Cup Series races, but none of that really matters now that he and seven other drivers are about to begin the next round in the playoffs.

With a win-and-advance format, Elliott won two weeks ago at Dover International Speedway, guaranteeing his advancement out of the Round of 12 and into the Round of 8, which starts Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Aric Almirola won at Talladega Superspeedway in the second of three races in the round, and then Elliott won again Sunday at Kansas Speedway for his third career Cup Series win.

Hardly complacent, the momentum Elliott and his team are running with now doesn’t actually mean much going into Martinsville, and then Texas Motor Speedway and ISM Raceway in Phoenix as he competes for one of four spots in the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“Just because you ran good this week doesn’t mean next week is going to go good,” the No. 9 Chevrolet driver said Sunday.

Elliott was eliminated in the Round of 12 in his 2016 rookie season but survived to the Round of 8 the last two seasons – this year because of winning rather than points.

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