Hamlin Shows He’s The Favorite To Beat, He and Truex Leads Final Cup Practice Sessions Of 2017 Season

Homestead, Fla – The final two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions of the 2017 season occurred on Saturday from the Homestead-Miami Speedway. In those sessions, one thing became clear, Denny Hamlin has the car to beat in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN). Hamlin, topped the speed charts in the first of two 55-minute practices on Saturday morning with a speed of 171.130 mph in his No. 11 Toyota. On Friday, Hamlin was fifth quickest in the lone practice session of the day and backed that speed up…

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Denny Hamlin Earns Homestead Pole, All 4 Championship 4 Contenders In The Top 10

Homestead, Fla – Since there aren’t any stage points being awarded to the Championship 4 drivers this weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, it really doesn’t matter where any of them start in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN). It’s where they finish. Instead, they’ll all have a good view of one another to start Sunday’s race, as all four will roll off inside of the top 10. But, it was a non championship eligible driver who took the Coors Light Pole Award though. Denny Hamlin powered his No. 11 Toyota…

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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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Blaney Earns Can-Am 500 Pole, Playoff Contenders Start Up Front, Keselowski 17th

Avondale, AZ – Ryan Blaney did exactly what he needed to do on Friday at the Phoenix Raceway. The Wood Brothers driver was in the top five in the lone practice session of the day, then backed that speed en route to his second career Coors Light Pole Award. Blaney, turned a lap of 137.942 mph in his No. 21 Ford in the final round of qualifying for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN) and earned his second pole of the season. The other top starting spot was at Kansas back…

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Hamlin With Strong Car Says Stage Points Could Still Get Him Into Homestead

Avondale, AZ – Realistically, just two of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers that are going for the fourth and final Championship 4 spot for next weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway can make it in on points. Currently, Brad Keselowski leads Denny Hamlin by 19 points for that coveted position in the playoff standings. Ryan Blaney (-22), Chase Elliiott (-49) and Jimmie Johnson (-51) are likely too far out to points their way in. But, Keselowski vs. Hamlin will be the biggest battle to watch in this weekend’s Can-Am…

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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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