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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Ford Surprisingly Doesn’t Get a Top 5 Finish Sunday In Kansas

If you told me on Sunday morning that none of the Ford cars would score a top five finish in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway, I would have thought you were crazy. Now, I’ll give you a ride to buy one of the $1-billon lottery tickets. The top five of the Round of 12 cutoff race at Kansas featured three Toyota’s and two Chevy’s. A Chevy in Chase Elliott won and he started the race 13th. In final practice, he had the 13th quickest time on the…

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Despite All 4 Cars Moving Onto The Round of 8, Pit Road Problems Plague Stewart-Haas Sunday In Kansas

The easy odds on favorites to win Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway had to be the Stewart-Haas Racing camp. Heading into this weekend, Ford’s had won seven of the last nine races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and SHR has had the most speed overall among that camp. Also there’s this, Kevin Harvick won the spring race at Kansas and all four cars were looking quick so far this weekend too. Unfortunately, pit road problems plagued them in Sunday’s race. Now, this is a…

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Despite All 3 Drivers Finishing In The Top 8, 2 Penske Drivers Eliminated From Cup Playoffs

Sunday was a solid day for Team Penske at the Kansas Speedway. All three of their drivers finished in the top eight of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. They all also started the race in the top five too. Brad Keselowski went off strategy and didn’t score any stage points on Sunday while Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano finished in the top three in both. Unfortunately, this race wasn’t enough to advance Keselowski and Blaney onto the Round of 8 though.

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Larson’s 3rd Place Finish Comes Up Just Short With Being Eliminated From The Playoffs

Last year, Kyle Larson’s engine blew in the first stage of the Round of 12 cutoff race at the Kansas Speedway. That eliminated him from the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. On Sunday, he brought his No. 42 Chevrolet home third in the Hollywood Casino 400 and still was eliminated again. Larson, didn’t look like he’d have this much speed in him this weekend when he was only sixth and 20th respectively in the two Saturday practice sessions. He initially qualified 27th but due to a practice crash…

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Busch Gets Key 2nd Place Finish Sunday In Kansas

I wrote heading into the week that the “Big 3” needed to show me something this weekend at Kansas. All three are at their best on the 1.5-mile track and have been at their best this season on these types of tracks in general. For Kyle Busch, Kansas was just what the doctor ordered. Busch, brought his No. 18 Toyota home runner-up in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 for just his second top five finish over the last eight races on the season. He had seven top three finishes in the…

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Elliott Finds Speed Earns 3rd Cup Win In Last 11 Races

Parity is higher now than its been all season. Since the early August race at Watkins Glen, seven different drivers have won the last 11 races. Only two drivers have won more than one race in that time frame. One of which is Chase Elliott and the other Brad Keselowski. One is still playoff eligible while the other was eliminated on Sunday at the Kansas Speedway. Elliott, earned his third win in his last 11 starts when he took his No. 9 Chevrolet to victory in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.…

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Hemric Leads 128 Laps But Nemechek Passes Him Late For 1st Career XFINITY Series Win

What a wild day of racing it was on Saturday for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. From the opening lap on, the Kansas Lottery 300 had huge playoff implications. Four of the eight playoff eligible drivers were taken out just two corners into the race when Justin Allgaier got loose exiting the second corner and taking out Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Michael Annett with him. 

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Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kansas Dominance Ends Quickly In Saturday’s XFINITY Series Race

Heading into Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Kansas Speedway, it looked like Joe Gibbs Racing would be the ones to beat. They’ve won each of the last six years on the 1.5-mile track including last year with Christopher Bell. The JGR driver had won two of the three races in the first round of the playoffs and entered with a ton of momentum. Unfortunately, Bell was collected in an opening lap crash in his No. 20 Toyota bringing him home with a 37th place finish in the Kansas…

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Good Points Day For Sadler, Tifft, Reddick Saturday In Kansas

Due to the opening lap crash between half of the eight remaining playoff drivers, Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at the Kansas Speedway was a great day for the other remaining NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff drivers. Heading into the opening race of the Round of 8, Elliott Sadler (-0), Tyler Reddick (-1) and Matt Tifft (-8) sat below the cutoff line. Leaving Saturday’s race, all three are now above the cutoff line or within a point of it.

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