Chase Elliott Advances to Overshadow Hendrick Teammate and Rival Kyle Larson in 2022 NASCAR Rat Race

All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers successfully advanced to the Round of 12. Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Alex Bowman will compete with and against each other for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series championship.

However, the clash between the two teammates – Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott – has been a topic of discussion this season. And with both of them qualifying for the next round, fans seem divided between Elliott and Larson’s chances to win the championship.

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Recently, NASCAR on NBC asked fans about their opinion on who will advance in the NASCAR Playoffs. And unsurprisingly, NASCAR fans immediately poured out their views in the comment section. However, it is interesting to note that they pre-dominantly chose Chase Elliott over Kyle Larson.

Many are excited to witness Larson capture two consecutive Cup Series championships this season. Since Jimmie Johnson, no other NASCAR driver has registered two consecutive wins. And if Larson archives that, it will be historic.

However, most NASCAR fans in the comment section supported Chase. The #9 Chevrolet driver currently leads the points table. Currently, with more than 3040 points to his name, Elliott is likely to clinch the 2022 Cup Series title. While it won’t be as historic as Kyle’s, the 2020 Cup Series champion will still register his second career win.

However, it’s clear that if anyone wins, Hendrick Motorsports will add another feather to its cap. With all four drivers in Round 12, the team increased its chances of winning the series.

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Although Larson and Elliott aren’t friends at the moment, the two will continue to work with the same team for years to come.

Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson have extended their contracts with Hendrick Motorsports

Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson are eager to continue their association with Hendrick Motorsports. Additionally, two NASCAR Cup Series drivers signed a multi-year contract with the team. Earlier in September, Kyle Larson announced his contract extension with the team.

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AVONDALE, AZ โ€“ NOVEMBER 07: #5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro HendrickCars.com walks in front of #9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts before the NASCAR Cup Series championship race on November 7, 2021, at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In an interview, Larson revealed that he is glad to be a part of a supportive team like Hendrick Motorsports. He said; โ€œI can’t explain how important this opportunity is. The opportunity to compete for the top team and best sponsors in the race is something every driver dreams of. I am humbled to have incredible people in my corner and amazing support from so many fans.

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Furthermore, Chase Elliott also signed a multi-year contract in February 2022. The driver will continue racing for Hendrick Motorsports until 2027. Like Larson, Elliott was also happy to extend his contract with the team. He said;

โ€œI am very lucky to be in this position. I have a great team with leadership from Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) and the support of the best car owner and racing organization in the world. For me, there’s a lot of pride in driving for Hendrick Motorsports and having the opportunity to win races and compete for championships.

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