There’s no doubt that the Team Penske cars are starting to find their mojo back. They’re coming off of two straight wins as they won on Monday in the rain delayed Brickyard 400 and finished 1-2 two weeks ago in the Southern 500. They have been getting better and better and finding more and more speed over the last month or so. Now, can they make a statement in the opening race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend?
I think they can.
The three Penske drivers have fared well already in past races on the 1.5-mile Nevada track. Brad Keselowski has two wins and has scored six straight top seven finishes in his No. 2 Ford in Vegas. He may not have led a single lap in his six place finish in March but he did lead at least one lap in six straight races prior.
Joey Logano has been stellar on this track since he’s joined Penske too. He’s led at least one lap in each of his last five Las Vegas starts and has five straight top 10 finishes to his credit there. He finished seventh in his No. 22 Ford back in March too.
Ryan Blaney has even been strong in his brief career at Vegas too. He won the pole back in the spring in his No. 12 Ford and finished fifth. He has three straight top seven finishes on the track.
Back in Kentucky, the last race on a 1.5-mile track this season, a similar one to Vegas at that, Keselowski finished second while Blaney came home third. Logano, was 10th.
So, all three cars came away with top 10 finishes at Vegas in March. They all three finished in the top 10 in the last race on a 1.5-mile track at Kentucky in July including 2-3. They’ve since found more speed.
This is a group to watch for Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
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