After scoring 9 wins in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, many fans are wondering whether Kevin Harvick can go one further and win 10 in 2021.
While Harvick can certainly bag the stunning feat, another driver who has the best chance to beat Harvick to the record is none other than Chase Elliott.
The reigning NASCAR Cup champion must be in the most confident phase of his career, mentally, after winning the title recently. Moreover, he continued to ring in the laps, participating in various other racing events during the off-season.
Now, as he enters the new season, the 2021 Cup Series schedule would certainly motivate Elliott further to continue the winning run.
It is no secret that the presence of 7 road course races on the 2021 calendar means Elliott is already expected to win more than the 5 races he won in 2020.
He is on a 4-race winning streak on road courses and just looks a class apart from the other drivers on those tracks.
Additionally, there are as many as 6 short-track races on the 2021 calendar as well. The 25-year-old has only 1 win in 31 starts on short-tracks. However, his performances last year on those tracks show that Elliott has found a way to be one of the favorites in such races.
That one win came in the final playoff race at Martinsville, one of Elliott’s most impressive wins, which booked his place in the championship race at Phoenix.
He was also the only driver to record Top-10 finishes in the last 4 short-track races last season, having an average finish of 4.5.
He also won the All-Star race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2020. This year, the Cup Series has 2 races each at Martinsville, Bristol, and Richmond, although one of those is a dirt race at Bristol. The Hendrick Motorsports no. 9 also has 3 Top-5 finishes in his last 5 races at Richmond Raceway.
With 7 races on road courses and 6 on short-tracks, that makes it 13 races where many drivers will certainly fear Elliott. He has also shown that he is no pushover on all other track types as well, despite road courses and short-tracks being his strengths.
Given these factors and his abilities as a NASCAR driver culminating in a maiden championship in 2020, Elliott has a solid chance to become the first driver since former teammate Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win 10 races in a single season.