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Chase for championship: Elliott a NASCAR title contender

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Kevin Harvick considered the list of young drivers often suggested as NASCAR's next big stars and replacements for departed veterans Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He suggested that only one prospect could truly hook a new generation of fans.

"NASCAR needs Chase Elliott to win," Harvick said earlier this summer. "Chase Elliott is the tie to the traditional NASCAR fan. It's the only shot they've got with the traditional NASCAR fan. His dad. The history and heritage of the sport. There isn't anybody else in the lineup that I can think of."

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Sep. 19
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Martin Truex Jr.21021
2Kyle Larson20752
3Kevin Harvick20673
4Brad Keselowski20614
5Kyle Busch20615
6Chase Elliott20596
7Denny Hamlin20587
8Jimmie Johnson20468
9Matt Kenseth20399
10Ryan Blaney203410
11Jamie McMurray203111
12Austin Dillon202612