Busch Feeling Good About Kansas Chances, Why Hamlin, Kenseth Should Be Worried

You would think the Toyota camp would be elated to be going to another 1.5-mile track this weekend. After all, they’ve been down right dominate on intermediate tracks during the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Well, some of the Toyota camp is joyful heads to the Kansas Speedway for this weekend’s race, while some are not. If you look at Kyle Busch’s average finishing position on the 1.5-mile track, you’d see it’s 17.74. Immediately, you’re going to think he’s in trouble. With a 29th place finish at Charlotte…

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Watch Out For Blaney This Weekend at Kansas

I wrote in my preview for the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs that if Ryan Blaney could salvage a good finish at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the first race of this round, then watch out. Blaney, finished eighth two weeks ago in that very race. Now, after a solid day at Talladega last weekend that saw him gain 18 stage points, he very well could be on his way to the Round of 8. All he has to do is keep doing what he’s…

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Main Takeaways From Sunday’s Alabama 500

Talladega, Ala – The most feared race of the playoffs are now behind us, as the Alabama 500 is now in the rearview mirror. But, Sunday’s race at the Talladega Superspeedway was nothing short of heart wrenching. From thrilling three and even four wide action for laps on laps around the 2.66-mile high banked Alabama oval, to a 16 car melee, to three red flags totaling 35-minutes, 30-seconds, this race had everything we needed. Here are five takeways. 

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Stage Points The Reason McMurray, Kyle Busch, Kenseth, Stenhouse All in Trouble Leaving Talladega

Talladega, Ala – When the predictions came in for who would be eliminated from the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, two of the four drivers not picked to move on were Jamie McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Nothing against them, but they weren’t having the seasons that they needed to in order seriously contend for this year’s title. Their best shots to advance onto the next round were to win at Talladega. McMurray, was involved in a Lap 25 crash. He’d finish 37th. Stenhouse, was…

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Chaos At The End Of Sunday’s Alabama 500 Proved Costly For Playoff Drivers

Talladega, Ala – We all knew that Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway would be highly stressful for 11 of the 12 playoff drivers. Martin Truex Jr. won last weekend at Charlotte, so whatever happened to him at the 2.66-mile high banked Alabama restrictor plate track wouldn’t hold any merit to his championship hopes. The other drivers couldn’t say the same. With the unpredictability of plate racing, Sunday’s Alabama 500 could play a pivotal role on who advances to the Round of 8 or not. Well,…

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ends Talladega Career With 7th Place Finish

Talladega, Ala – It now appears that unless Dale Earnhardt Jr. can turn things around over the next five races, then his last Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory will have come in November 2015 at the Phoenix Raceway. Sunday, was supposed to be Earnhardt’s last real shot of ending his winless drought. While the chips were falling his way, he could only muster a seventh place finish in his No. 88 Chevrolet. Earnhardt, even said so from the start of this weekend. You could definitely sense a little more urgency,…

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Is Keselowski The Best Plate Racer In The Series Today?

Talladega, Ala – Legend had it that Dale Earnhardt Sr. could see the air in the draft. He was just that magical in restrictor plate races. He currently holds the record for the most wins at Daytona as well as Talladega. Then, his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., was the next in line for restrictor plate legend status. He was at his best on plate tracks too. At one point, Earnhardt Jr. won four straight races at the Talladega Superspeedway. Combined, the father/son combo have won an astounding 16 Monster Energy NASCAR…

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