With Martin Truex Jr. capturing the first playoff race last week in Chicago, the rest of the field has some serious catching up to do this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Greg DePalma, Kenny Bruce of NASCAR.com and PSN motorsports analyst C.J. Radune look ahead to this weekend’s start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoffs, where they agree on three of the four cars they expect to reach the final showdown at Homestead. They also talk about which driver and team changes lie ahead, plus Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s pending retirement.
Cup Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. will try and defend his win at Darlington Raceway tonight with just two races to go before the playoff races begin.
Kyle Larson looks for the sweep at Michigan International Speedway after also winning at the other 2-mile track at Fontana earlier this season.
Kyle Busch goes for his third consecutive win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway which happens to be the last track he’s won at in the Monster Energy Cup Series.
Believe it or not, Kyle Busch hasn’t won a NASCAR Cup race since last July in Indianapolis, stretching his winless streak to 28 races as he heads to the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Does either analyst have faith that streak will come to end today from the pole?
Both analysts have started out with five winning picks in eight races heading to week nine. Here are the drivers that make up this week’s race day picks report for the Toyota Owner’s 400 from Richmond International Raceway.
With only two drivers currently in the top-ten of the point’s standings, Toyota drivers look to get something going today in the Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway. And thanks to dominating all three practice sessions a Toyota driver’s attempts to win for just the second time this season became that much greater.
Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have been the dominating race team the past two seasons with Kyle Busch winning the Cup Championship in 2015 and Toyota winning its first manufacturer title last season mostly due to JGR. So it should come to no surprise that three of the four drivers that make futures portfolios this week are JGR drivers.
Joey Logano and Kyle Busch joined Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards in the final four to contend for the 2016 Sprint Cup championship in Homestead. They will be joined by 36 other drivers anxious to add a win to their 2016 scorecards in the final race of the season. By C.J. Radune Prime Sports Network Racing Analyst