Even in winning his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, Thursday night’s Can-Am Duel, Chase Elliott refused to consider himself the odds-on favorite for Sunday’s Daytona 500 

He does, however, like his chances. The 21-year old Elliott became the youngest winner in the Duels’ great history with a 0.156-second win on the field. Three days ago, he won the Daytona 500 pole position for the second straight year. It’s been a good week for the second-generation NASCAR star.

“I definitely think we have a shot at it (winning Sunday). I mean, if I didn’t feel that way, like I always say, I’d stay home,” said Elliott, whose father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, won both the 1985 and 1987 Daytona 500s from the pole position. “I feel like we have a shot on Sunday. I feel like we had a shot before we got down here.

“Tonight’s result hasn’t changed my opinion on that. I’m looking forward to it, obviously. You love to get that qualifying spot on Sunday, but we really earned it tonight, to start on the front row, which is even better.

“It was definitely a great way to start the season. As I said, I know it’s just a Duel win. You obviously wish it was Sunday and counted towards the playoffs, but it still means a lot to me. Means a lot to our team. Happy to have NAPA colors on tonight. Had some big steam under the hood, which is a huge factor in keeping us out front.

“So glad we were able to race and stay aggressive and battle those guys. Hopefully we can dial it in just a little better for Sunday, give it another shot.”

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