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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Martin Truex Jr. Wins Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway

For the second straight year, Martin Truex Jr. kicks off the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. But, this year is much different than last. This year, Truex didn’t have it as easy as he had to overcome a pit road speeding penalty and missed lugnuts on his first two stops. But, with how dominant Kyle Busch was early on in the race and the timing of those pit road problems, it didn’t hurt Truex as much as it could have. Truex, cruised to his fifth victory of the…

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Saturday’s Cup Practice Report From Chicagoland

After one practice session as well as setting the field for Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) on Friday, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers had two more practices on Saturday as the final preparation for this weekend’s first race of the playoffs. In the initial session, Martin Truex Jr. led the way with a fast lap of 180.650 mph. Truex, has been so strong on 1.5-mile tracks this season and that success hasn’t wavered one bit at the Chicagoland Speedway. 

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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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Truex Eying Chicagoland Repeat This Weekend

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leader Martin Truex Jr. will try for his second straight win at Chicagoland Speedway in Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN). The Furniture Row Racing driver led 32 laps on his way to the victory at the 1.5-mile track in 2016. Prior to last season though, he never finished better than ninth in the annual stop at the Joliet track.  But, can he go two-for-two over the last two years though?

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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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