5 Storylines For Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN)

The second trip to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is upon us and that can only mean one thing – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs are heating up. We’re through the first race last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, now we turn our focus to the penultimate race of the first round, the ISM Connect 300 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN) this weekend. These are the top five storylines. 

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Looking At Playoff Bubble Drivers Heading To New Hampshire

The way that the playoff format sets up, we already have to turn our focus to the playoff bubble. Yes, we’re just one race into the postseason in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but with Sunday’s race at New Hampshire being the midway point of the opening round, there’s just one race left leaving the Magic Mile this weekend. Several drivers had rough days in the first race of the first race at Chicagoland. Nine of the 16 drivers finished in the top 10, but seven of them came…

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Will Toyota’s Dominate Again This Weekend at New Hampshire

The first race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs is behind us, and wouldn’t you know it, Toyota dominated the show. A Toyota driver in Martin Truex Jr. won the race at the Chicagoland Speedway while Kyle Busch arguably had the second best car. Now, we head to the return trip to New Hampshire, where we’re left wondering if a second Toyota driver will automatically advance their way into the second round of the playoffs by virtue of a win on Sunday. Odds say yes. Last weekend Chicago,…

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What Might Have Been For JR Hildebrand and Carlos Munoz If Indy Just Went a Little Differently

As the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season has come to a close, the turn now goes to Silly Season. With just a handful of rides still left, most already being accounted for, two drivers look to be left standing when the music stops and all the chairs are gone. JR Hildebrand was replaced with Ed Carpenter Racing by Spencer Pigot. Unless Hildebrand wants to take on the road/street course role, which honestly doesn’t make a lot of since being that he struggled on them in 2017, he’s a free agent…

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