3 Of The Top 4 Finishers From Texas Get L1 Penalties, Why This And The Whole Inspection Process Is A Black Eye For NASCAR

It was a massive penalty day in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Kevin Harvick saw his win taken away from last weekend’s race at the Texas Motor Speedway due to an L-1 level penalty. The team violated Section 20.4.12 of the NASCAR Rule Book that is specific to spoilers. Spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer and not altered. The infraction was discovered in post-race tear down at the NASCAR Research & Development Center. As a result, Harvick has been docked 40 driver points and the team…

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Blaney and Jones Strong Sunday In Texas, Take Away Top 5’s

FORT WORTH, TX – Ryan Blaney was laps away from stealing win in the Round of 8 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Blaney, passed Kevin Harvick on the Lap 310 restart and would lead the next seven laps of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500. The speed was there in his No. 12 Ford. After all, it should be since he was the pole sitter for this weekend’s race. On the next restart, the final one of the day, Harvick changed his lane. Instead of taking the inside line, he restarted up top.…

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Erik Jones Nearly Plays Playoff Spoiler In 4th Place Finish at Kansas

If Erik Jones could have found his way out of the first round of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, then he’d easily had advanced to the Round of 8. Jones, capped off a stellar three race run in the Round of 12 with a fourth place finish in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway. He was fourth and eighth respectively in the other two races this round too. That would have likely moved him on and sent Clint Bowyer packing. Instead, due to a rough…

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Erik Jones Could Play Spoiler In Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

If trends hold true, Erik Jones has a valid case to win Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races have been won by drivers that earned their second trips to victory lane in NASCAR’s premiere series. Ryan Blaney (Charlotte ROVAL), Chase Elliott (Dover) and Aric Almirola (Talladega) each earned their second career Cup Series victories the last three weeks. Jones, has one career Cup win. That came back on July 7 at the Daytona International Speedway. 

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Truex Jr. Driver To Watch In Charlotte, Hamlin And Jones In Must Win Situation

When the checkered flag flies in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, there very well could be just two Toyota’s left standing among the 12 eligible championship participants. Toyota drivers have won 12 of the 28 races this season, trailing over Ford (15) in terms of victories for 2018 in the Cup Series. To have just two drivers left heading into the Round of 12 would be shocking to say the least. 

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Hamlin and Jones In Trouble In Opening Round of Playoffs

RICHMOND, VA – Who would have thought that Joe Gibbs Racing could have not one, but two drivers fail to advance past the opening round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. If you count Daniel Suarez not making the postseason, then 75-percent of their fleet could be eliminated from championship contention before we even get to the second round of the playoffs. No one saw this coming. 

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Harvick Slams Goodyear Tires After He And Jones Crash On Lap 147

Good think Kevin Harvick had all of those playoff points accumulated during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season, because in the first race of the playoffs, his day ended with his second to worst finish of the year. Harvick, cut a tire on Lap 147 of Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and got into the wall in Turn 2. Unfortunately, Erik Jones didn’t have enough time to slow down and his No. 20 Toyota slammed into the back of Harvick’s No. 4 Ford.…

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Jones’ Momentum Has Him As Vegas Favorite

Cash in while the iron is hot. Erik Jones’ odds to win Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is +1400. Vegas, coincidentally enough the site of this weekend’s race, has five drivers ranked ahead of him in terms of winning this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff opener. In terms of his odds to win the championship this year? 

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Jones Earns South Point 400 Pole (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

For the second time of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Erik Jones earned the Busch Pole Award. Jones, circled the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an average speed of 187.911 mph on Friday evening for his first pole for the 2018 season and first since his initial pole in Aug. 2017 at Bristol. Jones, is arguably one of the hottest drivers in the series right now as the 22 year old enters Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) with three straight top eight finishes…

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Jones Keeps Momentum Going With Runner-Up Finish In Monday’s Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the hottest drivers heading into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs is Erik Jones. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver brought his No. 20 Toyota home runner-up in Monday’s rain delayed Brickyard 400 for his third straight top eight finish on the season and ninth top eight over the last 11 races overall. In terms of average finishing position among all the top Cup Series drivers in that time frame, Jones is among the best. 

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