#2 The hole
Win and you’re in a simple concept and has helped elevated the sport of NASCAR in ways that were previously thought impossible. Not only did it create a do or die nature throughout the season and the playoffs that has been unmatched, it is also the most legitimate way to win yourself a championship at the end of the year.
With that being said and the massive hole Chase Elliott now finds himself in after being a non factor at Martinsville, he is most likely going to have win in order to make it to the final four. Of course some fans are still hopeful that he will be able to do so, especially with tracks like Phoenix and Texas still on the calendar, but one has to remember that Elliott hasn’t won a race straight up yet.
In the end, that means Elliott’s only chance at making it to the final four rests with his ability to either win straight up, which hasn’t happened yet, or fall into a situation where they can win on strategy. Whether either of those two things happen or not remains to be seen and will be dependent on how the next two races play out, but don’t expect Elliot t win straight up.