Larson’s L-1 Penalty Forces Him With A Must Win Scenario In Kansas

It’s Game 7 of the an early round playoff matchup. Do-or-die time. If you don’t win, you’ll be eliminated from playoff contention. That’s the very scenario that Kyle Larson is now facing for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). NASCAR’s weekly penalty report was released on Wednesday and the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series received an L1-level penalty for an infraction found following Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, according to the NASCAR penalty report.

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Can JR Motorsports Advance Multiple Drivers Again To The Championship 4?

The top dog in the NASCAR XFINITY Series lately has been JR Motorsports. They put multiple drivers in the Championship 4 in each of the last two seasons. Heading into the Round of 8, they have three bullets in their chamber. Can they move at least two of them onto Homestead for a third straight year? Well, if they’re going to do so, they need to improve. 

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Christopher Bell Driver To Watch In Round of 8, Can John Hunter Nemechek Play Spoiler?

After a spell of bad races in the middle portion of the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs, Christopher Bell has stormed back with a vengeance. Bell, heads into the Round of 8 with five straight top 10 finishes and three top five finishes in the first round of the playoffs in general. In fact, in two of the three first round races, Bell reached victory lane. Now, can he keep it going? Absolutely. 

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Success On 1.5-Mile Tracks Will Shape Who Advances From Round of 8

After a week hiatus, the NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers are back in action this weekend at the Kansas Speedway. This will be the opening race of the Round of 8. But, one thing common denominator is certain in the second round of the playoffs, 1.5-mile tracks. Out of the three races in this round, two of which are on 1.5-mile tracks. It all starts this weekend at Kansas and will pick up again in two weeks at the Texas Motor Speedway. So, if you’re off your game on 1.5-mile tracks,…

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2018 Playoffs Have Been Wide Open, 5 Different Winners In 5 Different Races, Why “Big 3” Have Left Doors Wide Open

Who would have thought that we’ve have so much parity through the first five races of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Through the first 21 races, three drivers combined to win 16 of them. If you take out the three restrictor plate races, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were 16-for-18. Only Clint Bowyer had won a race, other than those three, on a non plate track. But, as we sit here today, we’re five races into the playoffs and we’ve seen five different winners.…

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All 4 SHR Cars Eyeing Round of 8 Spots As If Last 2 Races End With Green Flag Runs, They Go 1-2-3-4 In Each

It’s no secret, the best all around team during the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has been Stewart-Haas Racing. With Aric Almirola’s victory in last Sunday’s race at the Talladega Superspeedway, all four drivers have now found victory lane this year. Kevin Harvick has won seven times while Clint Bowyer has found the checkered flag first in two races himself. Kurt Busch and Almirola have one win a piece totaling 11 victories for the organization. Now, all four are eyeing spots in the Round of 8. 

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“Big 3” Looking To Rebound Sunday In Kansas, Why This Weeks Race Will See If They Will Be Factors For Championship

One of the most puzzling aspects of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs has been the absence of the “Big 3” in victory lane. Through the first five races of the postseason, just one of the races have seen them win. Kyle Busch won the second race of the playoffs at Richmond. Other than that, they’re 0-for-4. But, if you go back to the final three races of the regular season too, they’re just 1-for-8. Prior to that, the trio of Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.…

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Chevy May Be Down To Just Elliott After Sunday’s Race At Kansas, Bowman and Larson Have to Win

For much of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Kyle Larson was the top dog in the Chevrolet camp. See, the manufacturer debuted a new body style for this season replacing the SS with the Camaro. Unfortunately, they struggled to get a grasp with the new car. Through the first 21 races, they had just one win. That came on a restrictor plate race in the Daytona 500. Going into the playoffs, they found victory lane just twice in the first 26 races of the regular season. 

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Will Anyone Outside Of Playoff Cutoff Bump Their Way In At Kansas?

We’re down to the cutoff race of the Round of 12. If Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is anything like the last few 1.5-mile races that we’ve seen, then buckle up. We have 10 drivers going for six spots in this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Kansas Speedway. With where things stand though, there’s realistically only six drivers vying for two spots. Currently, Kevin Harvick (+63), Kyle Busch (+46), Joey Logano (+39), Kurt Busch (+30), Clint Bowyer (+21) and Martin Truex Jr.…

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Lilly Diabetes Pulls XFINITY Series Sponsorship Past 2018, Reed Exploring Free Agency

A few months ago, Lilly Diabetes had some bad publicity when they pulled their sponsorship on Conor Daly for some unfortunate circumstances. It portrayed their company in a bad light. On Monday, they’ve announced that they won’t be returning to NASCAR in general for next season. Lilly Diabetes announced that they have ended their partnership with Roush/Fenway Racing past the 2018 season. They’ve been on the  No. 16 Ford for Ryan Reed since he made his series debut in 2013 and was the sponsor on his car when he won…

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