Chase Elliott‘s one-race suspension from the NASCAR Cup Series is in the rearview mirror, right where he‘d like to keep it.

The driver of the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet said Tuesday he understands the sanctioning body‘s decision to sit him out for last weekend‘s event at World Wide Technology Raceway after officials ruled he intentionally crashed Denny Hamlin. The 2020 Cup champion looks forward to returning at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday.

“I think certainly it was an unfortunate circumstance on many accounts,” Elliott told via teleconference. “And I hate that we‘re in the position that we‘re in. Obviously, it‘s been a pretty wild year, even prior to last week or two weeks ago. But yeah, look, I mean, I hate that I put our team and our partners and our fans and all the folks that make this go in a tough spot. Certainly glad Denny‘s OK, and I understand NASCAR‘s call and what they felt like they needed to do. So I respect all that.”

“For me personally, just looking forward to getting back to work and just trying to get in a groove because I don‘t really feel like I‘ve been in one throughout the year,” Elliott said. “It‘s been kind of stop-and-go all season, unfortunately. But the way I see it is there‘s 11 races left (in the regular season), and we pretty much need to go win one of those to get in the show. So that‘s where my head‘s at right now.”

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