NASCAR: Cup Series Season Finale 500

NASCAR driver Chase Elliott celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway last November.

Chase Elliott may be the defending champion in the NASCAR Cup Series, but protecting his status isn’t remotely close to his focal point entering the 2021 season.

“There is no defending,” Elliott said on Monday during a video conference with reporters. “We need to be on offense. We need to keep pushing. I think if you’re back on your heels and trying to protect something, I don’t think your mind is in the right place.