BROOKLYN, Mich – We’re down to three races left in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. After 23 of 36 races, here’s who’s hot and who’s not leaving Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver earned his seventh win of the 2018 season on Sunday for his seventh top two finish at Michigan as well. Harvick, now has five straight top 10 finishes, four of which being in the top five and 12 top five finishes over the last 15 races overall.
His third place run was his fifth straight top five finish and his 10th over the last 11 races of the season. Other than restrictor plate tracks and Dover, Busch has finished in the top 10 in every other race this season.
He hasn’t had a top five since a third place run in the June Michigan race but Busch leaves the return trip to Michigan with his fifth straight top 10 finish. He’s finished sixth, eighth, ninth, ninth and sixth respectively over the last five weeks.
He didn’t win for a second straight week but did get another top 10 result. It was Elliott’s fourth straight top 10 run as he’s heating up and going to make a push in the playoffs.
He’s heating up too. Blaney, now has three top seven finishes over the last five weeks with his fifth place run on Sunday. His worst finish since Kentucky was two 12th place efforts.
His teammates are all running better but Johnson isn’t. Sunday was his third straight finish of 17th or worse as he now has a best finish of 10th over his last nine races. In fact, over the last two months, he has just that one top 10 result.
Since his thrilling runner-up to Kyle Busch at Chicago, Larson hasn’t had a top five in the last six races. His last six finishes are 29th, 9th, 12th, 23rd, 6th and now 17th.
He hasn’t scored a top 10 finish over the last six races either. His last top 10 was a fifth place run at Chicago. His last six finishes are now 22nd, 12th, 35th, 11th, 11th and 12th respectively.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
At one point of the season, Stenhouse had six top 15 finishes in a span of seven races. Over the last 10 races since, his best finish is 16th. His playoff push went from a good possibility to needing a win.