At Phoenix, Chase Elliott has a chance to make NASCAR history.


At Phoenix, Chase Elliott has a chance to make NASCAR history.

On November 7, the NASCAR Cup Series season draws to a close with the championship race in Phoenix (3 p.m. ET, NBC). Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports will have the opportunity to create NASCAR history while also joining an elite group.

The driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet is the defending Cup Series champion, and he will defend his championship in Phoenix for the second time. If Elliott, who is 25 years old, can finish first among the championship four drivers, he will become the Cup Series’ youngest driver to win multiple championships. According to NASCAR media, he would also become the 11th driver to win consecutive championships.

Buck Baker was the first driver to win two championships in a row, in 1956 and 1957. With championships in 1958 and 1959, Lee Petty joined him on the prestigious list. Joe Weatherly (1962-1963), David Pearson (1968-1969), “The King” Richard Petty (1971-1972, 1974-1975), Cale Yarborough (1976-1978), Darrell Waltrip (1981-1982), “The Intimidator” Dale Earnhardt (1986-1987, 1990-1991, 1993-1994), and Jeff Gordon are among the drivers on the list (1997-1998).

Jimmie Johnson, of course, has the record for the most consecutive Cup Series championships. From 2006 to 2010, he won five of his seven championships while driving the No. 48 entry for Hendrick Motorsports.

Elliott Has a Good Chance of Repeating in Phoenix.


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In his Cup Series career, the driver of the No. 9 HMS Chevrolet has only won one race at Phoenix Raceway, but it was the most important race of the year. In the season finale, he started first and led 153 of the 312 laps, the most of the four championship drivers. He beat out Brad Keselowski to win his first race of the season.

Elliott will enter the championship weekend with the second-best odds to win, according to BetMGM. Kyle Larson remains tops the list with 7-5 odds to win after winning nine points-paying races in 2021. Elliott is in second place with 11-4 odds, followed by Denny Hamlin (4-1) and Martin Truex Jr. (9-2).

Hamlin has won two races in the desert before, in 2012 and 2019. Truex has only one victory, which he earned in March… Nokia News – Quick Recap


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