Before the Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs begin Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, the 16 drivers eligible for the championship met with the media Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. If he and the team can avoid such dramas this time around, then Harvick may just be able to contend for a second race win of the season; a win that would see him through to the second round of the playoffs. Just over a lap later, as Truex found himself facing a wall in a tangle with Denny Hamlin, Larson took the checkered flag for a stunning win at the 60th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400. The team is the most successful squad at Chicagoland Speedway, with five victories to their name in the sixteen race history of the track. Hopefully, we can make it through the three rounds and get to Homestead to the championship.
“Whenever you’re a young driver, you always want to be with the best organizations and obviously, JGR is one of those top-tier organizations”, Tifft said. The four-time race victor this year is concerned on the consistency of late-race yellows as the playoffs begin Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. He led the most laps with 198, setting the pace most of the evening.
“Somebody just jumped the gun on that one”, he said. NASCAR called a caution, the race went into overtime, and Truex was involved in an accident. “All our cars are pretty much the same. So, no, I don’t really have anything for you there”. There’s every chance that that could start this weekend at Chicagoland.
Take Chicago, the first postseason race of 2016. He’s managed to get in the top ten on ten occasions in his first year of Cup competition so far, but he’s yet to grab that first win of his career. Erik Jones, who needed to win to qualify, finished sixth, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr, racing for the final time in Richmond, finished 13th after briefly taking the lead in the final 100 laps, a strategy of not pitting under green and hoping for a caution backfiring. “This is the kind of race where we can try to play around with some set-ups and maybe make a couple of aggressive strategy calls to try to go win the race“. “We weren’t going to pass the top three guys”. “All of their marquee programming, they’re going to be touting ‘NASCAR returns to NBC at Chicagoland Speedway.’ That’s huge for us, so that promotional platform combined with the fact that we’re listening to our fans and moving back to a much less crowded time of the year is great”. If we’re having an off day, our off day is sixth to eighth, whatever it is. “We for sure can get better because we’re not good right now”.
For Logano, it was a very bitter pill to swallow, but he placed proper perspective on the disappointment, and on the season. Past year was just as tough after Kevin was forced to start last and was then penalized for unapproved adjustments during the race, thus trapping him a lap down for much of the event. Friday night the Xfinity teams battled out the next to the last race of their regular season schedule in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250. Brad Keselowski won the second stage.
On Lap 257, Austin Dillon spun Danica Patrick, bringing out a caution.
As a result, the leaders checked up and Kenseth slammed into the back of Clint Bowyer. Everything from the championship to a tumultuous silly season with notable free agents, from ambulance drivers getting lost trying to find at-track medical centers to last week’s controversial finish during the regular-season finale. The attention has shifted to the Playoffs and the next 10 weeks. The second of ten playoff races, Richmond Raceway will be alive for NASCAR action next September 22.
Many of the Furniture Row Racing driver’s peers have pointed to the No. 78 as the title favorite. Larson, Truex and Logano hope to be riding that wave for years to come.