Champion Elliott learns to savor wins in season of growth

Chase Elliott heard the roar of the crowd begging for more burnouts and NASCAR’s most popular driver refused to disappoint his supporters.

He knew his tires couldn’t hold up for a second smoke show at Road America, but Elliott didn’t care following his seventh career road course victory in the first Cup race at the Wisconsin track since 1956.

There was no statement being made Sunday, and Elliott said he certainly does not resent the success of new teammate Kyle Larson. NASCAR’s reigning champion, so grouchy these days, has learned to savor the good times.

“When the day comes that I don’t appreciate it, I should probably go do something else,” Elliott said. “You have to enjoy these moments. They’re way too hard to get. You don’t know if or when you’ll ever get another one. If the fans want a burnout, I’m going to give them a burnout.”

As the crowd of rabid Wisconsin racing fans roared its approval, Elliott burned down the tires on hi his Chevrolet then ran out of gas in a Fourth of July celebration. He doesn’t know why the crowd adored him as it did because Elliott said he has no connection to the state.