Rookies Erik Jones/Daniel Suarez Sleepers To Watch This Weekend at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – All the talk this weekend is on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and who the fourth driver will be that will advance to the Championship 4 next weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. But, two drivers are being completely overlooked and I think either could get their first career Cup victory in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN) at the Phoenix Raceway. While no nonplayoff driver has won a Cup playoff race in over four years, I can see any one of the two rookies in Erik…

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Joe Gibbs Racing Strong On Friday at Charlotte

Concord, NC – The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session of the weekend proved to not be very indicative on how the Joe Gibbs Racing cars would perform this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Just one of their four cars were in the top 10 of the speed charts. In fact, they were 4-16-17-21 in the opening practice at the 1.5-mile North Carolina track. But, in qualifying later on in the day, they flipped the script. 

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Watch Out For Daniel Suarez This Weekend at Dover

Dover, DE – With the final race of the opening round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs taking place this weekend at the Dover International Speedway, forgive us for talking about the 16 playoff drivers and their chances in Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN). But, that could prove to be a wrong move. A non playoff driver could easily steal a win on Sunday afternoon from the Monster Mile. That driver is Daniel Suarez. 

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Martin Truex Jr. Wins The Pole for Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at Dover

Dover, DE – Kyle Busch was well on his way to sweeping the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs pole positions. He started first at Chicagoland as well as New Hampshire and there his No. 18 Toyota sat on top of the leaderboard in Round 1, Round 2 and in the third and final round of Coors Light Pole Award qualifying on Friday afternoon at the Dover International Speedway. Instead, Martin Truex Jr. had other thoughts in mind. 

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5 Favorites For Saturday’s Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 (2:45 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN)

The penultimate race of the opening round of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs will take place on Saturday afternoon at the Dover International Speedway. After two practice sessions on Friday afternoon, here’s who the top five drivers to watch for Saturday’s Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 (2:45 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN). 

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5 Favorites For Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway

The final race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will take place this weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway. With that being said, the first race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs is also taking place on the same 1.5-mile track. That means the big Cup starts that typically dominate the XFINITY Series weekend aren’t eligible to race. Erik Jones, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, Corey LaJoie and Kyle Larson are the Cup drivers that will be competing in Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 (3:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN). Erik…

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Saturday Night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) Could Be a Toyota Show

Entering this weekend, I don’t think anyone really doubted that Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) would be anything other than a Toyota dominated race. Since the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Kentucky Speedway back in July, Toyota drivers have combined to lead 1,603 of the last 2,061 laps. That equates out to 77.7-percent of the overall laps turned in those nine races. The other two manufacturers, Chevrolet and Ford, have combined to lead just 458 total laps themselves. With that being said, Toyota…

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