Chase Elliott Backed to Overshadow Hendrick Teammate & Rival Kyle Larson in 2022 NASCAR Rat Race

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

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

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Recently, NASCAR on NBC asked fans about their opinion on who would advance further in the NASCAR Playoffs. And unsurprisingly, NASCAR fans immediately poured their views into the comment section. However, it was interesting to notice that they pre-dominantly picked Chase Elliott over Kyle Larson.

Many were excited to witness Larson achieve two consecutive Cup Series championships this season. Since Jimmie Johnson, no other NASCAR driver has been able to register two successive wins. And if Larson archives that, it would be historic.

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

However, it is clear that whoever wins, Hendrick Motorsports will be adding another feather to its hat. With all four drivers in Round 12, the team has maximized its chances of winning the series.

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Although Larson and Elliott are not on friendly terms at the moment, the two of them will continue working with the same team in the coming years.

Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson extend their Hendrick Motorsports contract

Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson are keen on continuing their association with Hendrick Motorsports. Moreover, the two NASCAR Cup Series drivers have 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 was glad to be a part of a supportive team like Hendrick Motorsports. He said; โ€œI can’t explain how much this opportunity means. The chance to compete for the top team and best sponsors in racing is something every driver dreams about. I’m humbled to have incredible people in my corner and amazing support from so many fans.โ€

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

โ€œI feel so 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.โ€

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