Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson are Chevy’s only hope to avoid an unfortunate first. As OnPitRoad.com points out, Chevy has never been left out of the final four at Homestead since the format was introduced in 2014.
Elliott and Johnson make up the final two in the group of eight playoff drivers, and most likely need to win to get in. As of right now, two Toyotas driven by Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch plus the Ford of Kevin Harvick have clinched three of the final four spots with only one race left before Homestead. Elliott had his best chance to win two races ago until Denny Hamlin knocked him out of the lead and Johnson is in the midst of one of the worst years in his career.
To avoid being shut out of the final race for the first time, Chevy needs one of those two to win this week at Phoenix, or at least for all of the drivers ahead of them to be knocked out of the race early, which would include Hamlin.
Huh. How about that?