It all comes down to this, four drivers are set to duke it out for the NASCAR Cup Series title on Sunday night. Out of the four contenders, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have won before. Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott are still seeking a maiden Cup Series championship.
Interestingly, former driver Dale Earnhardt Jr has backed Chase Elliott to win the championship this season. The #9 driver has been in fine form this season, which is why Earnhardt Jr is backing him.
“We might see Chase Elliott win a championship Sunday. I really think we might,” Earnhardt Jr. said.
Admittedly, his Phoenix track record is nothing to write about. However, he does have a best finish of second in 2017.
Furthermore, Elliott may also have a bit of personal pressure to emulate his father, Bill. This is because Bill Elliott is a former champion, and it would be great press if his son were to become a champion.
In theory, the Hendrick Motorsports driver is perfectly capable of winning the championship. He has put in an incredible performance this season and thoroughly deserves his Championship 4 berth.
However, the likes of Hamlin, Keselowski, and Logano are no slouches. All four drivers are hugely talented, but only one of them can walk away a happy man. Of course, NASCAR races are generally unpredictable and anything can happen in the next couple of hundred laps.
Chase Elliott boasts of wins at Charlotte in both races, Daytona and Martinsville. In addition to that, he has finished in the Top-10 several times. However, there are a few blips on his report card, namely poor shows at Darlington, Las Vegas, and Texas.
The good news is that one of his Charlotte wins came in the playoffs. Moreover, he won the last race at Martinsville. Owing to this, he will be keen to continue his good form and notch up a second win on the trot.