Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott each have two wins apiece on road courses this season and are viewed by the oddsmakers at BetMGM as the favorites for Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400 (2 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Adding intrigue to this matchup is the fact that neither driver is locked into the Round of 8 — Larson is plus-22 to the elimination line and second in the standings, while Elliott is plus-9 and seventh in the standings. Elliott is also the reigning Cup champion and a back-to-back winner at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval while Larson remains the championship favorite.
Elliott and Larson have finished 1-2 in three of the season’s six road-course races to date. Those races were Circuit of The Americas (Elliott won), Sonoma and Watkins Glen (both won by Larson). Larson also finished one spot better than Elliott at the Indianapolis Road Course; third for Larson to fourth for Elliott.
How does each driver stack up for a head-to-head matchup around Sunday’s race? We’re breaking down the key stats between teammates ahead of the elimination race.
|Kyle Larson||Category||Chase Elliott|
|2||2021 Road Course Wins||2|
|8.8||2021 Road Course Average Finish||5.2|
|116||2021 Road Course Laps Led||100|
|3||2021 Road Course Better Finishes (H2H in 6 races)||3|
|0||Charlotte Roval Wins||2|
|19.0||Charlotte Roval Average Finish||2.7|
|2||Career Road Course Wins In Cup||7|
|In the last five road-course races, Larson has two wins and four top-three finishes.||Notable Stat To Keep In Mind||In the last 10 road-course races, Elliott has six wins and nine top-five finishes.|
The 2021 stats are super close and give a slight edge to Larson, while the Charlotte Roval numbers favor Elliott in a big way. The duo will line up near each other with Elliott starting eighth and Larson starting 10th in the field for the 109-lap race. Quite a competitive matchup that should be super interesting to watch on Sunday afternoon amidst all the elimination drama.