Will Chase Elliott Win the Cup Championship in 2019? Predictions and Odds
Chase Elliott began the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season carrying high hopes.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver had a breakout season in 2018, scoring his first career wins.
Elliott visited victory lane three times last year and narrowly missed out on a spot in the Final Four.
He ultimately finished sixth in points.
While his team struggled, the youngster allowed Hendrick to dream of another championship.
Many expected #9 to carry over that form into this year.
Elliott’s season got off to a slow start as Chevrolet continued to struggle for pace with its second year Camaro.
Through the first nine races of the season, the fourth-year driver scored one top 5 and two top 10 finishes.
The turnaround began in round 10 at Talladega.
Chase Elliott led teammate Alex Bowman home for an unexpected Hendrick 1-2.
Winning at a Superspeedway doesn’t necessarily translate into other places due to the track’s nature.
However, he and the rest of the team were able to carry the momentum going to Dover.
Elliott started from the pole and scored a solid fifth place finish for his third top 5 of 2019.
A fourth place at Kansas followed as Chase Elliott found his way into the championship top 4.
It’s still early days, as we are just past the first third of the season.
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Is Hendrick’s Improvement the Real Deal?
The Team Penske driver declared that rivals from Hendrick Motorsports have the best car at the moment.
Hendrick might not have the best car, but it’s a fact that the team has significantly improved in recent races.
This trend has been particularly noticeable since Elliott’s win at Talladega.
The team had two cars in the top 5 at Dover, with William Byron adding a third one in the top 10.
At Kansas, Bowman scored a third consecutive second-place finish, with Elliott fourth and Jimmie Johnson sixth.
Whether or not Hendrick is the best Cup Series team at the moment is better left up in the air.
But the Chevrolet powerhouse knows how to win a championship, perhaps more than any their competitors.
If Hendrick Motorsports finds its groove, Chase Elliott becomes one of the top title contenders.
A Look at Chase Elliott’s Career
The son of former Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, Chase made his NASCAR debut in 2011.
He completed two full seasons in the K&N East Series, scoring one win and a fourth place in the standings.
After splitting time with starts in the Truck and ARCA Series, Elliott moved to the Xfinity Series for 2014.
Driving for Hendrick satellite team JR Motorsports, the youngster won the title as a rookie.
He then finished second to Chris Buescher in 2015 before making a full-time move to the Cup Series.
Chase Elliott has a solid rookie season in the top division.
Replacing Jeff Gordon in the #24, he scored a pole-position for his first Daytona 500 start.
A pair of runner-up finishes at Michigan were his best results.
The rookie made it to the postseason and finished tenth in points.
His 2017 went even better, with five second-place results on the way to a best-of-the-rest fifth in points.
The elusive first win came at Watkins Glen in 2018.
It was a breakout year for Elliott, who scored three of Chevrolet’s four wins last season.
He narrowly missed out on a top 4 spot for the decider at Homestead.
This 2019 season, however, could mark his definitive transition into a legit title contender.
Should his rise continue, expect Chase Elliott to be in the mix right until the end.
2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Championship Odds – Chase Elliott
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