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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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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Truex Should Contend For Dover Win On Sunday

Now that the opening round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs are behind us, one driver is quietly sitting there as in my opinion, the favorite to hoist this year’s championship trophy at Homestead in November. Kyle Busch has one win in his last nine starts on the season. Kevin Harvick also has just one victory in the same time frame and none over the last six races. 

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Truex Jr. Driver To Watch In Charlotte, Hamlin And Jones In Must Win Situation

When the checkered flag flies in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, there very well could be just two Toyota’s left standing among the 12 eligible championship participants. Toyota drivers have won 12 of the 28 races this season, trailing over Ford (15) in terms of victories for 2018 in the Cup Series. To have just two drivers left heading into the Round of 12 would be shocking to say the least. 

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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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Uncontrolled Tire Costs Truex Richmond Victory

RICHMOND, VA – Martin Truex Jr. has to be wondering what he has to do to get a win at the Richmond Raceway. Heck, Truex has to wonder what he’s done wrong to someone on short tracks. He’s never won on one before and despite that, has had stellar cars on them though. On Saturday night, Truex led a race-high 163 of 400 laps in the Federated Auto Parts 400. It was the fourth time in the last five races at the Richmond Raceway that Truex led at least 120 laps.…

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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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