Putting Elliott’s top line into perspective

Concord, North Carolina – Chase Elliott’s win at Pocono Raceway led to a streak of first-two finishes to five races.

During this race, the driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 won at Nashville Superspeedway, finished second at Road America, won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and was runner-up at New Hampshire Motor Speedway previously. By winning the “Difficult Triangle”. The five-race series has seen him extend his points tally from 16 to 105 over Ross Chastain as he looks to secure the regular season championship and the pivotal 15 playoff points that come with it.

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Elliott’s streak is the tenth time since 1998 that a driver has collected at least four first-two consecutive finishes in a NASCAR Cup Series and only the fifth time since then that a driver has had five consecutive first-two finishes.

Of those 10 instances from four races, and the two largest finish streaks, seven times have involved a driver with Hendrick Motorsports, according to Racing Insights. Four of the top five consecutive five-race streaks also belong to Hendrick Motorsports.

1998 – Jeff GordonFour races from July 26th at Pocono Raceway to August 16th at Michigan International Speedway – all four races won by Gordon

1998- Gordonfive races from August 30th in New Hampshire to September 27th at Martinsville Speedway

1999- Gordonfour races from June 6 at Dover Motor Speedway through June 27 at Sonoma Raceway

2006 Jimmy JohnsonFive races from Oct. 14 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to Nov. 12 at Phoenix Raceway.

2007 – Johnsonfour races from October 21st at Martinsville to November 11th in Phoenix – all four races were wins for Johnson

2021 Kyle LarsonSix races from May 9th at Darlington Raceway through June 20th in Nashville

2022 Elliottfive races from June 26th in Nashville to July 24th in Pocono – active streak

Larson had a streak of four consecutive first-two finishes in 2017 from March 5th at Atlanta to March 26th at Auto Club Speedway during his tenure at Chip Ganassi Racing. The longest streak since 1998 belongs to Kevin Harvick, whose eight-race streak spanned the last three races of his 2014 title run and the first five races of the 2015 season.

This kind of streak was mostly a good omen for a driver’s championship chances when it happened at Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon won his third title in 1998 when he had two breakaways from the first two streaks of at least four races. Johnson won the first of two of five consecutive titles in 2006 and 2007. Larsson is the tournament winner as he lifted the Belle de France trophy in 2021.

Can Elliott extend his streak to six races? Catch the Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 31 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC as well as the IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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