Chevrolet hasn’t had much success in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lately. They’ve reached victory lane just once in the 15 races run this season. In fact, they’ve been shut out in each of the other 18 Cup Series races run, dating back to last season. Over the last 29 Cup races, they’ve reached victory lane just three times.
Furthermore, since the start of the 2018 season, the year in which Chevrolet debuted the Camaro, they’ve won five times overall. Chase Elliott has won four of those five, including all coming in-a-row. With Chevy only scoring one win at the Sonoma Raceway since 2011, is Elliott their best chance?
He has Chevy’s lone win of 2019 and since that victory in April at Talladega, he’s finished in the top five every week with the exception of one. He’s improved each year at Sonoma too. He went from 21st as a rookie in 2016 to eighth in 2017. Last year, he improved from eighth in 2017 to fourth on the northern California road course.
Trends say he can win Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 (3 p.m. ET/FS1/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Network).
So can some of his teammates too. Alex Bowman finished ninth in his No. 88 Chevrolet last year. Jimmie Johnson had seven straight top 10 finishes at this track from 2009 through 2015 and was 13th, 13th and 11th respectively since. William Byron finished 25th as a rookie last year but he’s driving much better now.
You also can’t count out the Chip Ganassi Racing duo either. Kurt Busch won this race in 2011 and has finished in the top 12 ever since too. He has six top seven finishes in his last eight Sonoma starts.
His teammate Kyle Larson has qualified really well in Sonoma but his finishes haven’t been there. Larson, has started in the top five in each of his five Sonoma starts including a pole in each of the last two years. But, his finishes are just 28th, 15th, 12th, 26th and 14th respectively. Can he remain up front this weekend?
Toyota may have won four of the last seven races in Sonoma to go along with nine races already this year, but don’t discredit these six Chevy’s this weekend either.