Laron Quietly Ending 2018 On A High Note, As Pitting Late Enables Him To 3rd Place Finish

AVONDALE, AZ – Kyle Larson is carrying some big momentum with him to 2019. Despite being eliminated from playoff contention a few weeks ago in Kansas, it hasn’t stopped his No. 42 Chevrolet team from trying. Larson, earned his second straight top five finish on the year and his third in the last four races. He quietly finished third in Sunday’s Can Am 500 as he’s starting to look faster and faster by the week. 

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If Keselowski Had Passed Almirola 1 Lap Earlier, He Says He Could Have Won

AVONDALE, AZ – Brad Keselowski had a fast race car this weekend at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix. He was in the top 10 of every session including in both 10 lap average charts on Saturday. His No. 2 Ford was a rocketship in the end of Sunday’s Can Am 500 too. On four fresh tires, he found his way back to the front and within striking distance of race winner Kyle Busch. Instead, he finished just 0.501-seconds behind his rival. 

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Almirola Nearly Makes Improbable Victory With 7th-8th Place Car, But Harvick Overcomes Blown Tire to Advance to Homestead

AVONDALE, AZ – Aric Almirola was in a prime position to play spoiler. His No. 10 Ford was battling for the win in Sunday’s Can Am 500 at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix when no one thought he’d be. See, he and Clint Bowyer were pretty much written off as legitimate contenders to win Sunday’s Round of 8 cut off race. Bowyer, crashed out on Lap 133 and his day was done. Joey Logano who had already clinched a spot in the Championship 4 crashed out on Lap 95.

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Hamlin Remorseful After Crash With Kurt Busch

AVONDALE, AZ – Denny Hamlin leaves the ISM Raceway in Phoenix with a 13th place finish. But, his No. 11 Toyota carries home battle wounds from a Lap 268 crash that left the Joe Gibbs Racing driver feeling remorseful. See, Hamlin took the blame for the crash that also ended Kurt Busch’s championship hopes. Hamlin, made a daring move to try to get to the lead in Sunday’s Can Am 500 and his car got bad loose in Turn 2. Unfortunately, when he got loose, he was already under Busch. His…

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“I Just Didn’t Get The Job Done” Penalty, Crash With Hamlin Costs Kurt Busch Championship 4 Appearance

AVONDALE, AZ – The stage was set for Kurt Busch to march to the Homestead-Miami Speedway and compete for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. In what likely will be his final season with Stewart-Haas Racing, there Busch was with likely being the lone representative of the team in the Championship 4. Kevin Harvick had a tire go down while leading on Lap 72. Clint Bowyer crashed on Lap 133. Martin Truex Jr. didn’t have a race winning car. Busch, he had the best car overall and took over…

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Speeding Penalty Costs Chase Elliott Phoenix Victory

AVONDALE, AZ – Chase Elliott had a fast car and was gifted an early Christmas present on Sunday at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix. See, he qualified his No. 9 Chevrolet on the front row and was handed the lead early on when Kevin Harvick had a blown tire. He’d fall a lap down as a result. Then, Kurt Busch who was the next domino in Elliott’s way of taking that fourth and final spot into the Championship 4, well he passed the pass car on his Lap 136 stop. He’d…

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Kyle Busch Earns Phoenix Win, Clinches Championship 4 Spot, Why He Thought About But Didn’t Let Almirola By

AVONDALE, AZ – Kyle Busch thought about it. The thought crossed his mind. But, he decided against it. Busch, drove his No. 18 Toyota to victory lane on Sunday at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix for the eighth time of the season and 51st of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. It stamped his name into the Championship 4 as he will battle Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. for the 2018 title. But, that thought. Man, that thought. 

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After All The Preliminary Action, Who’s Looking Good, Who’s Not Among Playoff Drivers

AVONDALE, AZ – Sunday’s Can Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the ISM Raceway is the Round of 8 cutoff race. Whom among the eight eligible Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will be in the Championship 4 next weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway? We know one driver is advancing on. That’s Joey Logano. He’s moving on because of his win two weeks ago in Martinsville. We thought Kevin Harvick was advancing but his L-1 penalty from his win last weekend in Texas took him from automatically in to…

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5 Favorites For Sunday’s Can Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

AVONDALE, AZ – All the preliminary action is over. Three practices and qualifying are set for Sunday’s Can Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). With that being said, five drivers stand out above the rest as favorites. Here are those five. 

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Why Sunday’s Can Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) Could Be Won By A Non Playoff Driver

AVONDALE, AZ – We have seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers going for three spots into the Championship 4 in Sunday’s Can Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Despite that, I can make a strong case that this weekend’s race at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix could be won by a non playoff eligible driver. Last year’s race was won by a non playoff driver in Matt Kenseth. In fact, two of the last three were won by a driver that wasn’t eligible to win the championship in the…

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