Who Wins the 2021 NASCAR Cup Title If All Four Title Contenders Crash Out

Published 11/06/2021, 12:55 AM EDT
Mar 14, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; A general view of drivers during the NASCAR Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend is the NASCAR Cup, Truck, and Xfinity Series finale. Without a doubt, the Cup Series championship is the biggest event of the three, where Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr will face off for the ultimate crown. Obviously, the battle will be fierce, and there is a chance of a no holds barred dogfight.

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With this, there is a danger that some of the championship contenders could crash out. This is all the more tricky, considering that there are non-championship drivers in the race as well. A few drivers have already complained about their interference this year. In light of this, there may be a slim chance that none of the Final 4 could make it to the chequered flag.

In that unlikely event, a rule states, “The race finishing positions will be determined according to the most laps completed in the least total time. Regardless of whether the vehicle is still running or not.”

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Who will win the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship?

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Considering that there will be practice and qualifying, their starting positions are in their own hands. Meaning that Elliott, Larson, Truex Jr and Hamlin won’t have the luxury of starting at the front together. However, that will only be possible if they somehow set the fastest, second, third and fourth-fastest laps.

Apr 25, 2021; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) leads a pack during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Then again, qualifying is one thing, the race itself could be a completely different beast. All that the quartet need to do is survive the race and try to see which of them can finish the highest. Out of the four of them, Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr are already champions. Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson are gunning for their maiden Cup Series title.

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So the big question is, which of them will emerge victorious? Additionally, will the rest of their teammates try and aid their cause? Or will some of the other drivers on the track play a pivotal role in one of them winning or losing the title?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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