Will Toyota’s Dominate Again This Weekend at New Hampshire

The first race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs is behind us, and wouldn’t you know it, Toyota dominated the show. A Toyota driver in Martin Truex Jr. won the race at the Chicagoland Speedway while Kyle Busch arguably had the second best car. Now, we head to the return trip to New Hampshire, where we’re left wondering if a second Toyota driver will automatically advance their way into the second round of the playoffs by virtue of a win on Sunday. Odds say yes. Last weekend Chicago,…

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Pit Road Issues Costs Kyle Busch, Nearly Costs Martin Truex Jr. Chicagoland Victory

It was the No. 2 bullet point on my top five storylines to watch for this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Chicagoland Speedway – pit stops. For some reason, the opening playoff race at the 1.5-mile track causes so much mayhem on pit road. We see it annually in this race. Sunday was no exception. 

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5 Favorites Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN)

Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) is the opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race. There will be 16 playoff drivers vying for a place in victory lane at the Chicagoland Speedway, but 24 other drivers hoping to play spoiler. But, who will prevail between them? Try these five drivers. 

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Kyle Busch Earns Tales of The Turtles 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) Pole

For the fourth time of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Kyle Busch has earned the Coors Light Pole Award at the Chicagoland Speedway. But, this pole, the 26th of his Cup career, was different than the others. The first three poles at Chicagoland for Busch were due to qualifying being rained out. The last time occurred just last year. On Friday though, Busch’s pole for Sunday’s Tale of the Turtles 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) was on merit. 

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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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Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Entering Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs?

Now that the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season is behind us, we’ve got 10 races left to settle the championship. With that being said, we’ve got 26 races of notes to compare on who will be the likely contenders going for the championship in November at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Here’s who’s hot and who’s not heading to the playoffs. 

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