Final Playoff Spots Will Be Chess Match Sunday In Charlotte

Once Kevin Harvick takes the green flag in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, he will become the fourth driver to clinch a spot into the Round of 12. That leaves eight spots for 12 drivers open and one race to determine who moves on or not. Currently, 19 points separate Kyle Larson in seventh to Jimmie Johnson in 14th. With a blanket over those eight drivers, two of which likely won’t make it to the next round. 

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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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This Weekend’s ROVAL Sparking Fear In NASCAR Garage

The amount of fear in the NASCAR garage right now is unprecedented. It’s not like this is fear for their safety or anything of that magnitude. This is fear for what this weekend’s action will do in terms of the playoff standings. The NASCAR XFINITY Series race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL on Saturday as well as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday will surely shake up both of their playoff standings. Like it or not, there are going to be some furious folks when the…

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Ty Dillon Takes Name Out Of The Hat To Join RCR In 2019

Take one name off the potential drivers list for the seat left vacant by Ryan Newman with Richard Childress Racing. Some people have just assumed that Ty Dillon will move over from Germain Racing to join his brother Austin Dillon with their grandfather’s team at RCR. Instead, the younger Dillon said that he’s not going to be an option due to his commitment that he’s made with Germain. 

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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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Austin Dillon’s 6th Place Finish Puts Him In Great Position To Advance To 2nd Round

RICHMOND, VA – Austin Dillon has quietly done a great job in the first two races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs to position himself nicely to advance in the postseason. Last weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dillon brought his No. 3 Chevrolet home 11th. He didn’t have the most speed on the day but due to all the carnage and nearly all of the playoff drivers having problems, it put him in 10th in the standings heading into this weekend’s race at the Richmond Raceway. 

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Almirola Finishes In Top 10 On Saturday In Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – Aric Almirola didn’t have the best of luck recently. Heading into Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond Raceway, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver hasn’t scored a top five finish over the last six races of the year. Four of those six races saw him finish outside of the top 20. But, now that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs have begun, Almirola is on a terror. 

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Chase Elliott’s Short Run Speed Costs Him A Win Saturday Night In Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – No one gave the Hendrick Motorsports camp much of a chance for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond Raceway. Other than Alex Bowman, none of their other three drivers were much of anything in either of the two practice sessions around the .75-mile Virginia oval on Friday. Chase Elliott only qualified 19th and looked lost. But, he showed on Saturday that his No. 9 Chevrolet was extremely quick after all. 

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Hamlin and Jones In Trouble In Opening Round of Playoffs

RICHMOND, VA – Who would have thought that Joe Gibbs Racing could have not one, but two drivers fail to advance past the opening round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. If you count Daniel Suarez not making the postseason, then 75-percent of their fleet could be eliminated from championship contention before we even get to the second round of the playoffs. No one saw this coming. 

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