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Elliott blogs about his spring break

This spring break, I decided to skip the beach and hit the shop. It paid off big time because we were able to get the No. 9 Chevrolet into Victory Lane at Gresham Motorsports Park during the Beau Slocumb Memorial 208 event last Saturday. 

Originally, my family planned a beach trip so we could take advantage of the week off from school. But after thinking about it, I decided to stay behind and prepare for the late model race at Gresham. I spent the week with my team doing maintenance on my car to get it ready for the Beau Slocumb Memorial 208 on April 7. While I don’t make the big calls when it comes to setting up the No. 9 Chevrolet, I always want to help with anything that’s needed to help my team run the best race possible.

My team’s hard work during the week showed at the track during Saturday night’s race. We started off the race in real good shape – from the pole position – and we battled hard all night long to stay there. But as the race went on, we encountered a broken sway bar that put us in a bind. The challenge with the sway bar was to get it fixed well enough to compete, but also to gain back track position we lost while repairing the part.

I knew my team wouldn’t give up. We all kept digging and it worked out in the end. 

It meant a lot to me to win the race after working on the No. 9 Chevrolet all week. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend my spring break than getting a win with my guys. They put in so much work on the car, and I appreciate it. The least I can do is my best for them. 

Now we’re gearing up for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on April 26. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter at @ChaseElliott for updates throughout the season. I’m really hoping to get that first K&N win soon! 

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports driver

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