Main Takeaways From Sunday’s Can-Am 500

Avondale, AZ – What a wild and crazy day on Sunday afternoon at the Phoenix Raceway. The Can-Am 500 was the penultimate race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and the cutoff race in the Round of 8. Three spots had already been clinched to the Championship 4 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend, but five drivers were battling for the last spot on a 1.022-mile track that races like a short track. Here are my main takeaways. 

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Closing 2017 Season Strong, Finishes 10th at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t had the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season like he’s wanting. He hasn’t won a race in 71 races (53 tries) and he knows his tenure is closing quickly. On Friday, he talked about how real this is coming. He’s getting emotional about it. Heading into Sunday’s Can-Am 500, he only had two starts left. But, as the season has gone on, his stats are going up too. Over the last seven races, he’s finished worse than 12th just once. On Sunday, Earnhardt…

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Almirola Gets 3rd Top 10 Finish Over The Last 5 Races Sunday in Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – While everyone is talking about the Championship 4 or the dramatic ending to Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at the Phoenix Raceway, one driver getting overlooked is Aric Almirola. It was a great week for him too. On Wednesday, it was finally announced that he would move move the Stewart-Haas Racing to drive the No. 10 Ford for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Nothing against Richard Petty Motorsports, but it was Almirola’s chance to finally prove what he can do. This move was shocking though as several…

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Truex Earns 1st Phoenix Top 5 In 8 Years, Furniture Row Racing Has Great Day

Avondale, AZ – Whenever adveristy hits Furniture Row Racing, they always deliver. Earlier this season, Cole Pearn’s friend passed away. Martin Truex Jr. would go on to win that race weekend at Watkins Glen. Then, a few weeks ago at Kansas, a key crew member passed away due to a heart attack the night before the race. Truex, would win a day later. On Friday, it was announced that team owner Barney Visser suffered a heart attack last weekend. Truex and Erik Jones delivered in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at the Phoenix…

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Hamlin vs. Elliott Part 2, This Time It’s Hamlin’s Fault Again To Why He’s Out

Avondale, AZ – Two weeks ago at Martinsville, Denny Hamlin crashed Chase Elliott on purpose with three laps left in the race. They were 1-2 at the time and it was deliberate from Hamlin to knock Elliott out of the lead in a spot where Elliott was three laps away from his first Cup win and an automatic spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead. While I knew payback wouldn’t come at Texas, I figured Phoenix was a possibility. Phoenix races like a short track and it’s a perfect spot for…

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Matt Kenseth Makes Late Race Pass, Wins at Phoenix, Keselowski In as a Result

Avondale, AZ – What a dramatic last 40 laps in Sunday’s Can-Am 500. In the end, it was a non playoff driver winning a playoff race for the first time since 2013 and a popular one at that. Matt Kenseth passed Chase Elliott with 10 laps-to-go and never looked back en route to his first win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. In fact, the win at the Phoenix Raceway, the second of Kenseth’s career, ended a 51 race winless drought. The last win for Kenseth was at…

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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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