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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Joe Gibbs Racing Struggles In Sunday’s South Point 400

Joe Gibbs Racing should have been among the favorites for Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. They had three of the top four starters on the 1.5-mile track and were arguably the top team to beat. Unfortunately, all four of their drivers struggled. 

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Over Half Of The Playoff Field With Problems On Sunday

We literally witnessed over half of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff field having problems during Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 12 of the 16 drivers occurred at least one issue causing a huge shakeup in the standings heading to Richmond next weekend. It all started when Kyle Larson cut a right front tire on Lap 70. He was running third at the time but would have to pit for damage. While he’d rebound, it was the start of a troubling day for the…

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Bowyer, Truex, Elliott Quick On Long Run Speed, Hamlin Left Struggling

If you look at the speed charts, you’ll see that Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott maybe don’t have a ton of speed. On single lap runs, none of the three were inside of the top five of single lap runs in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series action around the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That may have their fans worried about their chances for Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). 

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Saturday’s Cup Series Practice Report, Can Newman Steal A Win

Saturday’s final two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions gave us little information on who will be good for Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). In the first session, the speed charts were dominated by a lot of non playoff drivers. Six drivers in the top 10 are not playoff eligible. Ryan Newman topped the speed charts in his No. 31 Chevrolet with a speed of 183.892 mph. Newman’s speed is great for Richard Childress Racing as they do have a driver in Austin Dillon that’s…

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Ford, Toyota’s Strong In Vegas, Chevrolet Drivers Struggling So Far

The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session is in the books this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and after it’s all said and done, it appears that the Chevrolet teams may have a problem on their hands. 55 minutes of practice to go along with three rounds of qualifying show that they may be lacking in the speed department on the 1.5-mile track. For a group trying to avoid the most casualties in the first round of the playoffs, this isn’t a good start. 

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Jones Earns South Point 400 Pole (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

For the second time of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Erik Jones earned the Busch Pole Award. Jones, circled the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an average speed of 187.911 mph on Friday evening for his first pole for the 2018 season and first since his initial pole in Aug. 2017 at Bristol. Jones, is arguably one of the hottest drivers in the series right now as the 22 year old enters Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) with three straight top eight finishes…

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5 Storylines For Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

The playoffs are upon us as the opening round of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series postseason will take place on Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That in itself is a big storyline, but there are plenty surrounding this weekend’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Here are the top five. 

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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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SHR Drivers Other Than Harvick May Struggle, Chevy Playoff Drivers Haven’t Led Many Laps At Vegas Before

I have no doubt in my mind that one of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers will win Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That’s pretty much a given. The bigger storyline though will be who among the 16 drivers can finish well. Out of the playoff eligible drivers, a majority of them have struggled in the past on the 1.5-mile Nevada track. Denny Hamlin has just one top five finish in his last 11 Vegas starts. He’s also…

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