McMurray, Newman And Menard Could Be The Next Drivers To Shake Up The Playoff Standings

At this point of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, in order for anyone to get into the top 16 playoff spots that aren’t already in there, they’re going to have to win one of the four remaining regular season races. Alex Bowman is 60+ points clear of anyone else for that 16th and final playoff spot. There’s just not enough time over the next four races to make up that much ground to pass him on points alone. So, for everyone 17th on back, you better win. Well,…

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Playoff Bubble Key Factor To Watch Sunday In New Hampshire

Alex Bowman had a car good enough to likely finish in the top 15 in last Saturday night’s race at the Kentucky Speedway. Unfortunately, he blew a right fron tire and crashed in Turn 4 as a result. He’d finish last in 40th place due to the crash. The significance of that is that Bowman held onto the 16th and final playoff spot heading into last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in the Bluegrass State. His crash opened the door for someone like Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to close…

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Menard Sees Valuable Points Weekend In Kentucky, As Bubble Drivers Struggle

SPARTA, KY – Heading into Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway, Alex Bowman held a narrow advantage in the playoff standings over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. But, the two bubble drivers had a rough go of it on the 1.5-mile track. Stenhouse, had to pit multiple times for a barrage of problems early on in the race and would finish a disappointing 26th as a result. Bowman, had an opportunity to capitalize and extend his gap, but after taking just two tires on his pit stop following the opening…

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Wood Brothers To Honor 1968 Cale Yarborough Car In September’s Southern 500

For this year’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Paul Menard’s No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will carry a red-and-white paint scheme reminiscent of the Wood Brothers’ 1968 Mercury Cyclone that Cale Yarborough drove to victory in the 1968 Southern 500. The paint scheme honoring Yarborough is part of the track’s fourth-annual throwback weekend. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Seven Decades of NASCAR” and few drivers and teams have as much history at Darlington as Yarborough and the Wood Brothers. Yarborough is from Timmonsville, S.C., which is…

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5 Favorites and 5 Sleepers For Sunday’s Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Talladega, Ala – Restrictor plate racing in NASCAR is one of the most hardest things to predict. That’s why some places will offer $1-million to whoever can predict the exact same finishing order as the top five at races in Daytona and Talladega. The reason they do this? They know it can’t be done. With cars are racing at speeds in excess of 200 mph and running wheel-to-wheel, you could be running in the lead pack but fall from a top five result to sub 20th place finish in a matter…

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5 Long Winless Droughts That Could End In Sunday’s Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Talladega, Ala – It’s Talladega time. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway should be a wild one. That’s normal though. But, there are several drivers that could end long winless droughts in Sunday’s Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) on the high speed, high banked restrictor plate track. Clint Bowyer already ended a 190 race winless drought a few weeks ago in Martinsville. These five drivers could join him in ending those droughts.

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Top 10 Surprising Drivers In NASCAR For 2018 – Good and Bad

Now that we’re heading into the annual Easter holiday break, we’ve had enough of a sample size to see who the main contenders will be for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. We’ve also seen who likely won’t be contending for the title as well. Another thing we’ve seen are drivers who are surprising us. Some are exceeding expectations, some aren’t living up to the expectations that were set forth coming into the year. Here are the 10 drivers that are either surprising us in a good way,…

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Paul Menard Quietly Strong So Far In Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga – Not many people have Paul Menard as a favorite to win Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Heck, if I gave you 20 drivers to name as winners of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (12 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) you likely wouldn’t even mention Menards name. But, for the second straight week, I have him as my top sleeper. At Daytona, he was my No. 1 sleeper and he nearly won the race in his No. 21 Ford. Now, he’s again…

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5 Sleepers For Sunday’s 60th Annual Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Everyone loves a good Cinderella story right? That’s what moves the needle for the NCAA Tournament each year. Everyone wants to find the small school that can knock off the giants. Well, what about in racing? Vegas and I agree on the favorites, as all five of mine are in the top seven of theirs. READ: 5 Favorites For Sunday’s Daytona 500 READ: 60th annual Daytona 500 Starting Lineup But, what about some darkhorses? I list five sleepers for Sunday’s 60th annual Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM…

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Paul Menard Seaching For Wood Brothers 100th Cup Victory In Sunday’s Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – One name to keep an eye out on for Sunday’s 60th annual Daytona 500 is Paul Menard. While the Team Penske trio is stealing all the headlines among the favorites, we can’t sleep on Menard either. He recently moved from Richard Childress Racing to the Wood Brothers for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and should immediately be a favorite for this weekend’s season opener. One reason is the Wood Brothers are a Ford team. Ford drivers have won seven straight points paying restrictor plate…

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