CONCORD, N.C. – Hendrick Motorsports has been at or near the top of the leaderboard in each of the past three weeks.
The streak began at Talladega Superspeedway, where Chase Elliott captured the win and Alex Bowman kicked off a run of three consecutive runner-up results.
Heading into back-to-back races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, all four teammates are looking to keep that momentum rolling, with Elliott and Jimmie Johnson already locked into the NASCAR All-Star Race field.
“I’m excited about that,” said Elliott, who competed in the event in each of the past three seasons as the winner of the fan vote.
This year, due to his four wins between 2018 and 2019, he has raced his way into the field without having to compete for the fan vote or the Open qualifying race.
“I feel like I belong,” Elliott said. “I feel like when things are right and I do my thing, we do a good job from the time the car gets built in the chassis shop then goes to the body shop and everything gets put together, we're all doing things like we know how to do them, I think we can compete with anybody.”
In his previous three All-Star Race starts, Elliott has averaged a finishing position of 6.0, which is currently the third-best average finish of all-time with a minimum of two starts in the event.
He's looking to improve that number even further this time around.
“You’re not just here to run good, you’re here to beat the guys that have been doing it for a long time,” the driver said. “I grew up watching the guys that have kicked my tail a lot on Sundays, so, to insert yourself among them is a tough thing to do, but you just have to go and step up to the plate and realize you’re here for a reason.”