Top Crew Chief Feels Bristol Race Could See Surprise Winner in NASCAR Cup Series

Published 09/19/2020, 4:04 PM EDT
A representational image for the NASCAR Cup Series Credit: Reuters


NASCAR Cup Series is heading for the first elimination race of the 2020 Playoffs at Bristol. Hendrick Motorsports has 3 of its 4 drivers contending for their spot in the tourney.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Alex Bowman are the three racers for Hendrick Motorsports running for the title in the 2020 playoffs. Elliott and Bowman are in the 7th and 8th positions in the Playoffs standings. However, William Byron falls under the cutoff of 12 drivers by 3 points in the 13th position.

DIVE DEEPER

Who Can Replace Jimmie Johnson, a Veteran or a Youngster?

8 months ago

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Chad Knaus all set for NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol

The team is one of the most successful teams in the NASCAR Playoffs. Crew Chief Chad Knaus has been praising the outfit for all the efforts it has been putting in since the start of the 2020 season.

In a recent interview, Knaus mentioned that the team should be prepared for everything when they roll into a track like Bristol. He said: “Honestly, you are just going there with your gloves on and get ready to fight. That’s what we need to do.”

He even believes that the Bristol speedway can be one tricky track to race on. The race can change in a matter of laps at this track, and anyone can win.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

He further adds: “What’s unique about this track is you do get some players up there towards the front that can potentially change things up and maybe surprise you. Somebody unique can get out there and win a race. It’s a tough place, you’ve got to get ready and go out there and fight.”

Hendrick Motorsports has won 44 races in the NASCAR Cup Series postseason. This contributes to 28% of all Playoffs races. Above all, the team is far ahead of its nearest competitor, Joe Gibbs Racing, which has won 28 races in the NASCAR Playoffs.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The 2020 season is the 15th successive year that the team is running two drivers in the Playoffs. It is the 13th season for the team with at least three drivers in Playoffs.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Abhay Aggarwal

402 articles

Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT