#3 Hasn’t won straight up yet.
Chase Elliott has accomplished a lot throughout the 2018 season, including nabbing three wins, staying consistent week after week and even qualifying for the round of eight for the second straight year in a row. While none of those statistics are anything to bat an eye at, they all come with the caveat of Elliott never winning straight up.
In fact, all three of Elliott’s wins have been due to pit strategy or fuel strategy, which is great, but tis not going to help him in a straight up race against whoever manages to also make the final four. Then again, maybe Elliott can get lucky like Jimmie Johnson did when he won the championship out of nowhere in 2016, but that has been the exception and not the rule.