5 Storylines For Hendrick Motorsports For 2018 Cup Season

This week is the official 2018 NASCAR Media Week in Charlotte as it quote on quote opens the book on the upcoming season. Speaking of opening up a new book, that’s exactly what Hendrick Motorsports is doing for the 2018 season. Gone are veterans like Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. All three have departed over the last two seasons, two of which retiring from the sport all together. In is the youth movement. Replacing those big names are Chase Elliott (3rd season), William Byron (Rookie) and Alex…

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Blown Tire Sends Johnson’s Championship Hopes Home With Crash at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – The enivitable finally caught up to Jimmie Johnson on Sunday. That’s not a slight at the Hendrick Motorsports driver at all rather than a testament to just how great of a driver he really is and how great he’s embraced the new format in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for 2017. While Johnson had season lows in top fives (4), top 10’s (11) and laps led (217), including just the second time of his career that he had single digit top five finishes and just the second…

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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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Johnson Calls Sunday a “Must Win” Showing Stronger Signs Of Speed This Weekend at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – It’s no secret, Jimmie Johnson has been struggling to get a grasp of his No. 48 Chevrolet all season long. Entering this weekend’s race at the Phoenix Raceway, Johnson has season lows in top five finishes (4), top 10 finishes (11th) and laps led (217). Outside of his rookie season, the least amount of top five finishes Johnson had in a single season was 11 in 2014 and again in 2016. In his rookie campaign, he had six. As far as top 10’s go, the only other year that…

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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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If Jimmie Johnson Wins On Sunday, It Would Show A Flaw In Playoff System

First off, I’m not saying the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is flawed. I’m actually really embracing the idea of it. I like that it’s an elimination style format but they give you three races to advance or not. That’s an equivalent to a 5 or 7 game series in professional sports. But, if Jimmie Johnson somehow wins Sunday’s race at the Phoenix Raceway, it may expose a big flaw in the system. I want to also mention that I have no shade at Johnson and this isn’t a dig…

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Who Gets The Final Championship 4 Spot Sunday in Phoenix?

Sunday’s Can Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN) is the final race of the Round of 8. With Kyle Busch winning the first race of the third round at Martinsville, and Kevin Havick winning last weekend in Texas to go along with Martin Truex Jr. clinching on points himself, one spot remain up for grabs for next Sunday’s season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Who will join them when the checkered flag flies on Sunday in Phoenix?

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