The 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season is nine races old and Chevrolet has yet to win a race. Making matters worse, there are only two Chevrolet drivers in the top ten of the championship standings – Kurt Busch in seventh and Chase Elliott in 10th.
As The Charlotte Observer highlighted in a recent article, Chevrolet’s NASCAR form has gone from bad to worse in 2019 and its championship hopes already look slim.
Young talent like Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott are finding it hard to post the same consistent results as more experienced drivers like Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, while Jimmie Johnson, Chevy’s experienced veteran, has been struggling in recent as years as well. Larson sits 19th in the championship, while Johnson is 13th and Elliott is 10th.
The most consistent Camaro this year has been the No. 1 of Kurt Busch, which has three top fives and three top tens in nine races, along with a pair of top 15s.
Chevy was dealt a blow when it lost Stewart-Haas racing to Ford in 2017. Additionally, the manufacturer’s most successful team, Hendrick Motorsports, now has relatively inexperienced drivers in three of its four cars (Elliott, William Byron and Alex Bowman) with Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all retiring in recent years.
Elliott should still prove to be a useful asset this 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, though. The talented 23-year old rallied late in the season last year, taking three wins at The Glen, Dover and Kansas before nearly locking himself into the championship-deciding race at Miami-Homestead.
The first sign of improved form for Chevy could come at this weekend’s Geico 500 from Talladega. Jimmie Johnson won the non-points paying Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona earlier this year, so Chevy may show up in Alabama with similarly strong speedway form. Then again, that race was rain shortened and was won by Johnson after he and Paul Menard made contact, sparking The Big One behind Johnson.
The Geico 500 will go green on Sunday, April 28th at 2 p.m. ET.