Dale Earnhardt Jr. Backs the Likes of Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick for Multiple NASCAR 2021 Wins

Published 04/22/2021, 12:20 PM EDT
RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 21: Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 Hellmann’s Camaro Chevrolet, is introduced prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


The 2021 NASCAR season already has fans wondering if we could soon see 16 different winners in the regular season making the 16-driver NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. After the first nine races have already seen eight different winners in 2021, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave his thoughts on the matter.

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The playoff format sends each winner in the regular season into the playoffs. Usually, at least a few drivers go through on points and without a win, as of course, some of the top drivers win multiple races in the regular season.

That is yet to happen this season as Martin Truex Jr. is the only driver yet to win more than one race. NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jr. still feels that having 16 different winners in a regular season is too far-fetched. He expects to see the likes of Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and others to find momentum.

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Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) during the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

The only possibility of having 16 winners is if there are at least a few ‘miracle winners’ like Michael McDowell at the Daytona 500, the 46-year-old said.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. dismisses the possibility of 16 winners in NASCAR Cup regular season

“It’s not going to happen. It will take a few miracles…it takes more than a Michael McDowell at Daytona, it takes several of those to make that happen,” Dale Jr. said on the ‘Ask Jr’ segment on the ‘Dale Jr. Download’.

“There’s so many guys in the playoffs with 16 drivers that you’re never really gonna have that many winners in one season,” he believes.

The 2021 season has already seen some surprise winners. While eight different drivers have already won a race, names like Elliott, Harvick, and Hamlin are not on that list.

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) makes a pit stop during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dale Jr. feels the superstars will win multiple races going ahead

Dale Jr. believes that those championship contenders are still good enough to win many races each. Once they get some momentum, they will be difficult to stop, the former Hendrick Motorsports driver feels.

With six more road course races on the schedule, Elliott is already expected to dominate.

“We got to expect that at some point, Denny, Harvick, Chase, those guys, we’re going to all these road courses and will have guys starting to get those multiple wins,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued.

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Even though Denny and Harvick, and those guys haven’t got the wins so far, I still feel like they’re 4,5,6-win teams,” he expressed.

There are 18 races to go in the season. That seems enough for eight more different winners, but Earnhardt Jr. believes that the top drivers will get on winning streaks and quash the possibility of that happening.

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For now, we will eagerly wait to see if another repeat emerges on Sunday at Talladega or we have a ninth different winner in 2021.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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