Could Chevrolet End its Winless Streak? GEICO 500 Predictions and Odds
What’s Happening with Chevrolet?
That’s the question many NASCAR fans have been asking for these past two years.
Following a dominant decade, which saw the manufacturer win an impressive 11 drivers’ championships, Chevy has struggled recently.
The impressive run of seven consecutive titles from 2005 until 2011 is a distant memory.
Clearly lagging behind Ford and Toyota since the 2017 season, the powerhouse from the 2000 and early 2010 years needs to bounce back.
Could the GEICO 500 at Talladega provide a spark for Chevrolet?
Also check out our predictions, as we compare the drivers head-to-head in our GEICO 500 driver matchups.
How to Watch
What: GEICO 500
Where: Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL
When: Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 PM EST
How: Fox Sports (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
What Went Wrong for Chevrolet?
Following years of dominance, Chevrolet finds itself in a slump.
The manufacturer’s win total has been on the decline.
It went from a series-leading 15 in 2015 to 12 in 2016, then 10 in 2017.
Trying to shake things up, Chevrolet introduced the Camaro in 2018 as its new model.
The Chevy teams struggled with the new car.
In the end, the manufacturer scored four wins, three of which coming with Chase Elliott.
While the 2018 disappointment could be brushed off as a development year, things did not improve in 2019.
As the championship moves to round 10, Chevrolet has yet to win a race.
Kurt Busch sits seventh in the standings as the highest-placed driver.
Chevrolet’s most recent official win came at Kansas, round 32 of the 2018 season.
Nine rounds into the 2019 season, that winless streak has now reached 13 races.
Toyota’s Joe Gibbs Racing along with Ford’s Team Penske and Stewart Haas Racing have been the dominant forces.
Chip Ganassi Racing recently took over from Hendrick Motorsports as Chevy’s top-performing team.
Chevrolet’s Record at Talladega
Chevy’s most recent win at Talladega came in 2015.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his sixth and final win at the track.
Ford has won every single race at the superspeedway since, making it an impressive seven in a row.
Chevrolet drivers combined for six top 10 and one top 5 finish at the track last season.
Talladega is Ford and Team Penske’s favorite hunting ground.
Penske has five wins over the last ten races at the legendary track.
Before 2018, Chevrolet had a good run at Talladega, averaging five cars inside the top 10.
Who Could Break Chevrolet’s Winless Streak?
Kurt Busch leads the Chevrolet drivers with an average finish of 11.75 over the last four races at Talladega.
However, his results came while driving a Ford equipment for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Jimmie Johnson, with the sixth best average among active drivers during that span, is the next one up.
The seven-time champion has two top 10 finishes at the track.
Johnson is trying to end a winless streak of his own, which now sits at 66 races.
The #48, a two-time winner, is the only active Chevrolet driver with at least one win at the superspeedway.
Ryan Newman could be a surprise winner as well.
Richard Childress Racing won the Daytona 500 last season.
The Rocket Man usually does well at superspeedways, although he has never won at Talladega.
Chase Elliott has never won at Talladega either, but usually finds himself among the contenders.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver has one pole-position and has never started outside the top 10 at the track.
Odds on Chevrolet Winning the 2019 GEICO 500
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