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LAS VEGAS – Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson were both one round shy of making it to the Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

But that’s not going to stop them from looking forward to next year.

At this year’s NASCAR Cup Series Awards, Elliott reflected on his own journey throughout the season.

“We had a lot of ups and downs and a couple missed opportunities,” Elliott said. “But I think we have to take them for what they are and learn from them.”

Last year’s champion Jimmie Johnson took to the stage and thanked his team for their dedication and is all ready to start #Chasing8 again.

“A lot of hard work went into the season from everybody at Hendrick Motorsports,” Johnson said. “Big thank you to Lowe’s, Chevrolet and all the partners that are involved on our race team. We’re excited and ready to get going in Daytona here shortly.”

To hear more from Elliott and Johnson on stage at the NASCAR Cup Series Awards, check out the video above, courtesy of NBC sports.