Friday, April 13, 2018

The Futility Award

Chase Elliott, son of Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott, is in his third year driving in NASCAR's premier stock car racing series. When he came into the series it was widely expected that he would run away with stardom, given his heritage and the fact that he was driving a car furnished by Hendrick Motors, one of the winningest teams in the sport. He took over, in fact, the car driven by Jeff Gordon, who won the series championship four times.

Chase Elliott can drive very fast, but six races into his third season has yet to win his first race. He is on the verge of setting a record, however, for leading the most laps without winning a race. I'm trying to decide between naming the award as suggested in the title, or naming it "The Frustration Award."

I'm leaning toward the title, however, because when your car is fast enough to lead that many laps and you cannot win with it...

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