More than ever, road racing is the business of a single NASCAR Cup driver. We named Chase Elliott.
The driver of the powerful Hendrick team won Sunday in Charlotte, a fourth consecutive victory in the specialty.
For more than a year, he has been invincible on the road circuit after his successes at Watkins Glen and Charlotte last year, as well as at Daytona and again at Charlotte in 2020.
Never has a NASCAR Cup driver paraded four times in a row in the road circuit winner’s circle since Jeff Gordon some 20 years ago.
With his victory, Elliott makes sure to participate in the round of eight qualified drivers which begins next Sunday in Kansas. At the finish line, he beat, in order, Joey Logano, Erik Jones, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney.
The champion eliminated
The Charlotte test meant, on Sunday, the elimination of four drivers in the title race, namely Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer.
In the case of Defending NASCAR Cup champion Busch, this will be the first time in five years that his name has not been in the squad of four contenders for the title in next month’s final in Phoenix, in Arizona.
The eight riders who are lucky enough to succeed him in 2020 are Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas), Denny Hamlin (Gibbs), Brad Keselowski (Penske), Chase Elliott (Hendrick), Joey Logano (Penske), Martin Truex (Gibbs) , Alex Bowman (Hendrick) and Kurt Busch (Ganassi), Kyle’s brother.