Hamlin vs. Elliott Part 2, This Time It’s Hamlin’s Fault Again To Why He’s Out

Avondale, AZ – Two weeks ago at Martinsville, Denny Hamlin crashed Chase Elliott on purpose with three laps left in the race. They were 1-2 at the time and it was deliberate from Hamlin to knock Elliott out of the lead in a spot where Elliott was three laps away from his first Cup win and an automatic spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead. While I knew payback wouldn’t come at Texas, I figured Phoenix was a possibility. Phoenix races like a short track and it’s a perfect spot for…

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Harvick Leads Both Cup Practices, How The Playoff Drivers Fared

Avondale, AZ – Heading into this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, I felt that Brad Keselowski had the best chance to get the fourth and final spot in the Championship 4. After all, Keselowski led the next best driver by 19 points and I figured he’d be able to maintain that gap in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN). But, after qualifying as well as three practice sessions at the Phoenix Raceway, it looks like Keselowski may actually be in trouble. 

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Elliott Leads Opening Cup Practice on Friday, Keselowski 17th

The four drivers chasing Brad Keselowski for that fourth and final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 spot did everything they were supposed to do on Friday at the Phoenix Raceway. The foursome all had their cars dialed in from the get-go in the lone practice session of the day at the Phoenix Raceway and were found inside the top 10, three of which actually in the top five. Keselowski, well he had a rough practice. Chase Elliott topped the speed charts in his No. 24 Chevrolet with a…

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

Sunday’s Can Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN) at Phoenix is the penultimate race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. With that being said, that means it’s also the last race of the Round of 8. The winner on Sunday gets a guaranteed spot to race for a championship next Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Who has the best chances?

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Rough Weekend at Texas For Elliott, Johnson, Win Or Out Scenario For Them Now at Phoenix

Fort Worth, TX – The AAA Texas 500 race weekend was a taxing weekend for both playoff eligible Hendrick Motorsports drivers. Both Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott entered Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on the wrong side of the playoff grid, but both had good reason to think they could end up on the other side when things were all said and done on Sunday afternoon. Instead, things got worse. First, it all started on Friday for Chase Elliott. His No. 24 Chevrolet kept failing prequalifying inspection and the…

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Chase Elliott Doesn’t Make Qualifying Attempt In Either Texas Race, To Start 34th On Sunday

Fort Worth, TX – A rare but true stat for qualifying in 2017 at the Texas Motor Speedway – Chase Elliott never made a qualifying attempt. Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet failed to make it through inspection in each of the two annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series appearances at the North Texas track, meaning in each of the two races, the Hendrick Motorsports driver will have to come from the back. But, the bigger of the two was certainly this weekend’s playoff race. 

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5 Favorites For Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN)

The penultimate race of the Round of 8 is upon us as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will take to the Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN). While 40 drivers will be competing for the win, eight drivers will be racing with even more urgency as they’re trying to position themselves to make the Championship 4 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Here are the five favorites for this weekend’s race. 

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