Larson’s Playoffs Go Up In Smoke, He And Ganassi Teammate Jamie McMurray Eliminated From Playoffs at Kansas

Kansas City, KS – I think most of us automatically assumed that with a 29 point advantage over the playoff bubble, that Kyle Larson would easily have advanced to the third round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Larson, had been very good on 1.5-mile tracks this season, including four runner-up finishes. But, trouble found him early. Larson, hit pit road with just 15 laps left in the first stage as his No. 42 Chevrolet appeared to have lost a cylinder. The team went to work on his Chip…

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Stage Points The Reason McMurray, Kyle Busch, Kenseth, Stenhouse All in Trouble Leaving Talladega

Talladega, Ala – When the predictions came in for who would be eliminated from the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, two of the four drivers not picked to move on were Jamie McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Nothing against them, but they weren’t having the seasons that they needed to in order seriously contend for this year’s title. Their best shots to advance onto the next round were to win at Talladega. McMurray, was involved in a Lap 25 crash. He’d finish 37th. Stenhouse, was…

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Ranking The 16 Drivers And Their Chances In The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Field

The checkered flag has dropped on the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season. With that being said, the 16 drivers that will be competing for this year’s championship are now set and all 16 are ready for battle starting with the first playoff race at Chicagoland Speedway. I ranked the 16 in order that I feel they will contend for this year’s title. They’re ranked from top to bottom. I also took in effect on how they enter this year’s playoffs too. 

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2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Set, Meet The 16 Driver Field

Now that the Federated Auto Parts 400 has concluded, the 26 race Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season is now over. We shift all of our focus on the 10 race playoffs now as these 16 drivers will compete for the 2017 championship. 

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Harvick Earns Southern 500 Pole (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at Darlington

Kevin Harvick captured his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season and his third at Darlington Raceway when he traveled around the 1.366-mile oval in 177.730 mph in the last of three qualifying rounds Saturday. Harvick, whose only win in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 came in 2014, will lead the field to the green flag Sunday at 6 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

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Top 5 Sleepers For Saturday Night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN) at Bristol

Bristol, TN – Everyone loves a good Cinderella story, let alone a good sleeper. They move the needle. Well, this is a list with five sleeper drivers that I feel could reach victory lane in one of NASCAR’s annual premiere races, the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol (7:30 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN). These drivers could arguably not just win, but they could dominate. 

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Top 5 Sleepers For Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at Michigan

Brooklyn, MI – There’s just four races left in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. With that being said, the playoff battles for the final few spots are heating up. There’s currently 13 drivers locked into a playoff spot, but if someone new can win over the next four weeks, well they will be into the playoffs too. With just three wildcard spots open and four regular season races left counting Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) at the Michigan International Speedway, there’s some drivers on this list that…

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