Kyle Busch Making Up For Slow Start To Season With Championship 4 Appearance

Back in June, everyone was wondering what was wrong with Joe Gibbs Racing. It took 19 races before a JGR driver won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race when Denny Hamlin took his Toyota to victory lane at New Hampshire in July. That was the turning point for the organization. Over the last eight races of the regular season, JGR took four victories. In the playoffs, Kyle Busch has three more trips to victory lane. That’s seven wins over the last 16 races. They had none in the first…

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Breaking Down The Championship 4 And Their Chances Of Taking The Title This Weekend at Homestead

The Championship 4 is now set. We have Toyota vs. Ford with Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch in the Toyota camps and Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for Ford. With this weekend’s race being far different from the other 35 that we run in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the first driver among those four to cross the finish line first in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN) wins the 2017 championship too. This is the fourth year that we’ve been having this format, as the…

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Capsule Of Championship 4 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers

And then there were four. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season began at the Daytona International Speedway in February with 40 wide eyed drivers hoping to get a shot at earning a spot among the 16 driver playoff field. Through 26 weeks of the regular season, the fierce competition fought to be one of the top 16 drivers in the series. By time the checkered flag flew at Richmond in September, the field was set. Three weeks later, we’d eliminate four of those 16 drivers. Then, three weeks after…

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Harvick, Busch and Truex Best Among Playoff Drivers So Far This Weekend

Avondale, AZ – Heading into this weekend’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN), three drivers had already paved their way into the Championship 4 for next weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have each clinched a spot. That means they don’t have to worry about anything on Sunday. But, I guess there’s a reason those three have clinched spots already. They’ve been the top three drivers among the playoff eligible drivers at the Phoenix Raceway this weekend. With…

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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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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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5 Favorites For Sunday’s Can Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN) at Phoenix

Sunday’s Can Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN) at Phoenix is the penultimate race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. With that being said, that means it’s also the last race of the Round of 8. The winner on Sunday gets a guaranteed spot to race for a championship next Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Who has the best chances?

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