Chase Elliott Wins NASCAR Cup
On Sunday afternoon, Chase Elliott won the NASCAR Cup Championship at the Phoenix Raceway and made history in doing so.
The 24-year-old became the third-youngest driver to win the NASCAR Cup title.
Chase is the son of Bill Elliott, a Hall of Fame NASCAR driver, and he has been groomed for success in this business. NASCAR has had several famous father-son duos take to the track, but Chase has wasted little time in forging his own path.
Bill Elliott won the 1988 championship and was voted the most popular driver in NASCAR 16 times during his career. Chase was voted as the most popular driver in the sport in 2018 after Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement.
This is the first time that the most popular driver in the sport has won the championship since Bill Elliott accomplished the feat in 1988. Now, Chase will be looking to build on this success and win a second title, something that his father could never accomplish.
It has been an exciting few months for NASCAR fans, especially after they reached an agreement with WynnBetover a multi-year sports betting partnership, and have their eyes on launching in Virginia and Tennessee.
Like Father, Like Son
Lee and Richard Petty and Ned and Dale Jarrett are the only other father-son duo to win the NASCAR Cup Championships outside of the Elliotts. With the win, Elliott becomes just the third driver from Georgia to accomplish the feat.
The victory also gives Hendricks Motorsports its 13th championship, which is the most of all-time. It was one of Elliott’s teammates, Jimmie Johnson, that started the massive celebration with the young driver.
Jimmie Johnson is a seven-time NASCAR Cup champion and was racing in his final race before retiring at the end of this season. Johnson finished in fifth place on Sunday, marking his best finish since August in his famed number 48 Chevrolet.
Johnson ends his career with 83 career victories, including a record-tying seven titles. He won five consecutive titles from 2006-2010, which is a NASCAR record.
It’s Not How You Start…
Elliott held the pole position for the race on Sunday, but then his car failed pre-race inspections. That sent Elliott to the back of the field, and his chances of winning the title appeared slim at that time.
The youngster wasted little time in navigating his way to the front of the pack, ultimately leading seven different times for a total of 153 laps. Elliott had to overcome some of the best drivers in the sport to take control of the race and win the Cup championship.
The win was Elliott’s fifth of the season, which was the third most on the circuit in 2020. Kevin Harvick won the most races with nine, and Denny Hamlin finished the 2020 season with seven victories.
Last week at Martinsville, Elliott won that race to lock himself in the final four on Sunday. With the win, Elliott eliminated Harvick, who was the regular-season NASCAR Cup champion.
Brad Keselowski finished second on Sunday, and he was followed by Joey Logano and Hamlin. Hamlin was the only driver out of the four that failed to lead a lap during the title race.
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