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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“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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Busch and Truex Have Rough Days But Late Caution Saves Their Playoff Hopes

TALLADEGA, Ala – Who would have thought that despite being involved in the last lap crash in Turn 1, both Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. would be leaving the Talladega Superspeedway in good shape in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. For much of Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500, both Busch and Truex would ride in the back. It wasn’t by design either. They were just that off in terms of handling. Truex, scored zero stage points for the entire race while Busch had just four. For the Round of 12,…

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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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Busch, Truex Have Past Dover Success But Struggling For Long Run Speed

Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch should be the ones to beat for Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). If you look at past stats, they’re arguably the top two drivers on the Monster Mile right now. But, if you look at their speed so far this weekend, they don’t have it compared to others. Yes, they’ll hold two of the top three starting spots for Sunday’s race. That’s only because of rain cancelling qualifying on Friday. 

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Kyle Busch’s Spring Failures At Dover Lead To Fall Success

Kyle Busch’s stats in the two annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at the Dover International Speedway are about as polar opposite as they come. His last five finishes in the spring race? 42nd, 36th, 30th, 16th and 35th respectively. No top 15 finishes since 2014. 

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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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Kyle Busch Comes From The Back To The Front Again For A Richmond Sweep

RICHMOND, VA – Who needs stage points when you can win the race outright? Kyle Busch initially appeared like he would be in trouble after the first two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff races. He struggled mightily in last weeks postseason opener in Las Vegas and finished seventh. In Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400, Busch started 39th and never could make up for it early on and didn’t score a single stage point. After the first 200 Laps, he was a non factor. 

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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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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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