2018 Playoffs Have Been Wide Open, 5 Different Winners In 5 Different Races, Why “Big 3” Have Left Doors Wide Open

Who would have thought that we’ve have so much parity through the first five races of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Through the first 21 races, three drivers combined to win 16 of them. If you take out the three restrictor plate races, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were 16-for-18. Only Clint Bowyer had won a race, other than those three, on a non plate track. But, as we sit here today, we’re five races into the playoffs and we’ve seen five different winners.…

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All 4 SHR Cars Eyeing Round of 8 Spots As If Last 2 Races End With Green Flag Runs, They Go 1-2-3-4 In Each

It’s no secret, the best all around team during the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has been Stewart-Haas Racing. With Aric Almirola’s victory in last Sunday’s race at the Talladega Superspeedway, all four drivers have now found victory lane this year. Kevin Harvick has won seven times while Clint Bowyer has found the checkered flag first in two races himself. Kurt Busch and Almirola have one win a piece totaling 11 victories for the organization. Now, all four are eyeing spots in the Round of 8. 

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“Big 3” Looking To Rebound Sunday In Kansas, Why This Weeks Race Will See If They Will Be Factors For Championship

One of the most puzzling aspects of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs has been the absence of the “Big 3” in victory lane. Through the first five races of the postseason, just one of the races have seen them win. Kyle Busch won the second race of the playoffs at Richmond. Other than that, they’re 0-for-4. But, if you go back to the final three races of the regular season too, they’re just 1-for-8. Prior to that, the trio of Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.…

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Harvick, Busch Overcome Lap 322 Pit Stop Problems For Top 10’s While Playoff Points Help Them Big Time

If not for a ton of playoff points accumulated through the regular season, both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch could have been worried on their Lap 322 pit stop problems. Harvick, dominated both stages in Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at the Dover International Speedway and led 286 of the first 320 laps before having to pit for a second time in just a couple of laps for a broken valve stem. He’d enter the round of pit stops first and exit a lap down. 

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Keselowski Falters While Big 3 Is Back In Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond Raceway showed that the “Big 3” are back in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In fact, the “Big 4” showed that they’re the favorites to head to the Homestead-Miami Speedway as members of the Championship 4. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick combined to lead 362 of the 400 laps in the second playoff race of the opening round to show their dominance is still there. 

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Big 3 Continue To Struggle, But Truex Gets Back On Track

We’ve seen four straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races now that the “Big 3” failed to win a race. In fact, they’re just 1 for the last 6. Before that, they had won four of the last five and 16 of the first 19. I wrote leading into Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway that we’re they slowing down or was everyone else catching up. Well, on Sunday, some of the top guys that we’re catching up crashed. 

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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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Why The “Big 3” Are Likely The Favorites Again For Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

The “Big 3” won 16 of the first 21 races to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. If you take out the plate races, they were 16-for-18. But, over the last five races of the regular season, they were only 1-for-5. They’ve obviously since cooled off. Despite that, maybe that’s because we haven’t had a 1.5-mile track on the schedule in the last two months. The last time we raced on a 1.5-mile track, Martin Truex Jr. dominated the show on July 14 at the Kentucky Speedway. That was…

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Are The “Big 3” Slowing Down? Why They Have Some Company Closing In Fast

INDIANAPOLIS – It was always a preconceived notion that the “Big 3” would easily march to the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November and challenge each other for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. Well, over the last month or two, maybe there are signs showing up that could possibly see all three of them threatened by some other drivers. Throughout much of the 2018 season, we’ve been saying this is a Kyle Busch vs. Kevin Harvick vs. Martin Truex Jr. fight for the championship. We’ve talked ad nauseam about finding…

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Harvick Blasts Chastain Following Late Race Incident At Darlington, Keselowski Victorious

Ryan Preece’s bet on himself paid off in a big way the last two years. Instead of racing for an underfunded team again, he took a step back and ran select races with Joe Gibbs Racing. He’s won twice in those few opportunities and made a name for himself that he has a bright future in NASCAR. Well, everyone had always said that Ross Chastain could be another big name if given the right opportunity. Chastain, held onto the 12th and final NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff spot for most of…

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