Playoff Standings Heading Into The Final Race Of The Regular Season

Sunday’s Southern 500 is now behind us as we’re down to the final race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season. Currently, we have 10 drivers that have stamped their names into the postseason by virtue of wins scored in the first 25 races of the year. The remaining six drivers hold onto spots in the wildcard standings. Among those wildcard drivers, four of them have now clinched a spot in the 16 driver playoff field as there are just two spots open for several drivers. 

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Jimmie Johnson Leaves Darlington With 39th Place Finish

Jimmie Johnson doesn’t have much room for error in next Sunday’s 25th Running of the Brickyard 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/IMS Radio Network/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion sits 15th out of 16 drivers in the current playoff standings. He’s 87 points up on the bubble. While that should be a healthy margin, it may not be next weekend in Indy. While Johnson is a four-time Brickyard 400 champion, bubble drivers like Jamie McMurray (2010), Paul Menard (2011) and Ryan Newman (2013) are all past winners…

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Last Pit Stop Gets Keselowski Southern 500 Win For Weekend Sweep, 1-2 Penske Finish

Heading into the final pit stop of the race at the Darlington Raceway, it appeared that Sunday night’s Southern 500 was going to be Kyle Larson’s to lose. He dominated the entire 367 Lap race in his No. 42 Chevrolet including taking a win in each of the two stages of the night. If the race would have gone caution free in the closing stages like the rest of the night had practically gone, Larson would have ended up in victory lane. Instead, it was Brad Keselowski doing all the…

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Truex Jr. Heading Towards The Playoffs The Wrong Way

It doesn’t matter what sport you’re in, you want to be heading into the playoffs with momentum. Unfortunately, Martin Truex Jr. is sliding in the wrong direction. The Furniture Row Racing driver went from Dover in early May through Loudon in mid July scoring nine top four finishes in 10 races. Among that string was three wins (Pocono, Sonoma, Kentucky) and three runner-up results (Kansas, Charlotte, Daytona). 

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Erik Jones, Kurt Busch And Chase Elliott Extend Hot Streaks Through Sunday’s Southern 500

Three of the hottest drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series right now are Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones. In Sunday night’s Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway, all three drivers came away with top 10 finishes on the “Too Tough To Tame” track. This trio has been on top of their games over the last few months and are fighting hard to be among the four drivers that will advance to the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. Despite an early uncontrolled tire penalty, Jones rebounded to an…

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Larson Leads 284 Laps In Sunday’s Southern 500 But Fails To Win

Kyle Larson’s winless streak reaches 35 races as the last time he won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was in the 2017 regular season finale at the Richmond Raceway. But, for the first 345 laps in Sunday night’s Southern 500, it appeared that he’d be the one celebrating in victory lane at the historic Darlington Raceway. Instead, a late race caution brought all the leaders back down pit road with 22 laps-to-go and Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet pit crew had a 14-second stop. Brad Keselowski’s crew got him…

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Harding To Have 2 Cars In Sonoma, Herta/O’Ward As The Drivers

After the completion of Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix, Harding Racing’s plans for the season finale leaked out. RACER first reported the story but both drivers have since confirmed that Harding will expand to a two-car program for the Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Sonoma Raceway in two weeks. Gabby Chaves, who made the first 11 starts of the season for the team was sidelined following his 21st place finish on July 8 at Iowa. Despite a best finish of 14th (twice) in those first 11 races, Chaves wasn’t taken…

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US Nationals Qualifying Times Set, Interesting Matchups On Tap For Monday

CLERMONT, Ind – Three days of qualifying to set the 16 driver fields for the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series ladders for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals are now in the books. Sunday’s final two chances are now behind us as the Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock divisions have their matchups set. In Top Fuel, Mike Salinas capture his first No. 1 qualifier of his career with a pass of 3.756-seconds with a speed of 321.04 mph. That pass was done on Friday night and stood the rest…

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O’Ward Closes Indy Lights Season With Another Win

PORTLAND, Ore – Pato O’Ward ended the 2018 Indy Lights season the way it began, in victory lane. The Mexican driver charged from a seventh starting spot in Sunday’s season finale to his second straight win in as many days as he bookends the season with a win at St. Pete to a win in Portland. He took over the lead on Lap 18 and never looked back en route to his ninth win of the year. O’Ward now has the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship money to race in the…

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Pigot Nets 2nd Career Top 5 Finish Sunday In Portland

PORTLAND, Ore – The major storylines from Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix is certainly going to be about the wild day of racing that we saw and how it impacted the Verizon IndyCar Series points championship. Rightfully so too. What Scott Dixon did and how the caution flags flew in Sunday’s race really shook things up. But, one quiet storyline that we’re overlooking is just how solid Spencer Pigot has been since the month of June. Pigot, passed Scott Dixon in the closing stages and held him off for a fourth place…

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