CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Oddsmakers have listed Chase Elliott as this year's favorite to win NASCAR's Cup Series championship, and statistics paint the same picture.
The 26-year-old Hendrick Motorsports driver from Dawsonville, Georgia, leads the top-tier circuit with four victories, won the regular-season title and enters the playoffs with a 15-point cushion in the standings.
Elliott doesn't put too much faith into the numbers game, though. If there truly is a favorite in this 16-driver field, he can't pick one — not even himself.
"I don't really see a favorite. I mean, it seems like some weeks you have some guys who are really strong up there contending for wins, and then other weeks it's a bunch of different guys," said Elliott, who won his first Cup Series title two years ago before teammate Kyle Larson earned the 2021 crown.