The NASCAR Cup Collection has began its fast stretch run to the end line. Solely three races are left, and there may be loads of unfinished enterprise.
Joey Logano locked up a Championship Spherical spot along with his win at Kansas, which rippled via the playoff standings. Logano was fifth in factors getting in and now jumps to the top of the road.
Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin are means forward in factors, which implies the opposite 5 drivers nearly must win to make Spherical 4.
Brad Keselowski is on the proper aspect of the lower line, eight factors forward of fifth-place Chase Elliott.
Harvick, Hamlin and Logano have all scored wins at Texas. There are different drivers not within the playoffs with their very own agendas.
On to the Lone Star State . . .
FIRST GEAR: In a stark illustration of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected NASCAR rivals, look no additional than Joey Logano’s Cup Collection wins this season.
Logano gained twice in NASCAR’s first 4 races then the sequence shut down due to the pandemic.
The 30-year-old driver gained at Las Vegas on Feb. 23 then at Phoenix on March 8 after which every little thing stopped chilly in its tracks.
The NASCAR Cup Collection obtained again to racing on Might 17 and Logano went winless till Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway, or a span of 224 days.
“It has been a tremendous problem, if I am being sincere with you,” Logano stated. “The start of the 12 months with apply, we have been in a position to get to know one another, get to know what I wanted with the automobile, and work on it throughout apply. COVID began. Coming again with no apply, we began getting our butts handed to us fairly onerous.”
SECOND GEAR: The 2 drivers to look at because the season winds down are Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.
Johnson needs to finish his illustrious Cup Collection profession with a win in his last season of full-time competitors.
Proper now, he’s sitting on 83 profession wins to go together with these seven Cup Collection championships.
Busch desperately needs to maintain his season-to-season win streak alive. He has gained no less than one race yearly since 2005.
THIRD GEAR: NASCAR Foolish Season is winding down. As of this writing, no driver has been named to fill the No. 14 Ford seat of departing Clint Bowyer. Richard Petty Motorsports remains to be searching for a 2021 driver.
In the meantime Kyle Larson, who appears to win every little thing he enters in dirt-track racing nowadays, has utilized for NASCAR reinstatement, and proficient Erik Jones continues to work the telephones.
FOURTH GEAR: Chase Elliott suffered an odd setback at Kansas when his two-way radio system went haywire when the race began.
“They may hear me, I simply couldn’t hear them as soon as we went inexperienced,” stated Elliott, who completed sixth. “As soon as we type of had the scenario understood, that they might hear me and I simply couldn’t hear them, that helped, clearly.”