What's new? Truex wins way into next round again

What's new? Truex wins way into next round again

What's new? Truex wins way into next round again

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Looking ahead, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' next race is the Alabama 500 from Talladega Superspeedway. Larson still worked his way into the top-four, but he was hit by Kurt Busch late in the race and the damage took him out of contention for racing for the victory. It's a race that looms large, like the three-story high banks at the Alabama track, because a multi-car Big One can ruin nearly any driver's playoffs.

The Coors Light Pole Award was Hamlin's first of the season, his second at Charlotte and the 25th of his career.

Hamlin should be viewed as the Bank of America 500 favorite based on Friday's qualifying triumph, but all signs point toward a hotly contested battle in Charlotte.

The biggest takeaway from the standings above is the gap between first and 12th thanks to those Playoffs Points. I think I'm fine.

By his estimation, had cautions not fallen the way they did or had luck been on his side, Truex believes he should have at least 10 victories this season. In addition, I was able to briefly interview victor Martin Truex Jr.

Chase Elliott: Another runner-up finish for Elliott, who still hasn't won his first Cup Series race - he'll get there sooner rather than later if he keeps driving how he has been the past few weeks. He should most definitely be at the top of your list this week.

"Overall just the way we've been running since the playoffs started has been refreshing, and definitely makes it a lot of fun to come to the track and know that our auto is going to drive pretty good, our pit stops have been really nice, and now is definitely the time of year to do that", said Elliott, who has seemed to shake a summer slump.

Why... did Martin Truex, Jr. win the race?

Martin Truex Jr., helped by strong pit stops, continued his domination on 1 ½-mile tracks with a win on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

KYLE BUSCH: Busch got overheated in his race vehicle after a tough day - he hit the wall at least three times and said he would need oxygen after the race. He rolled off the grid in 17th, a far cry from in his five previous wins this year when Truex had started second or third. Like his teammate Busch, Hamlin was drained after the race. "(I) felt like I had heatstroke just from being inside the race vehicle for 200 laps with the crush panels knocked out of it". Jimmie Johnson is one driver who has had issues with qualifying lately (17.0 average start) but has made up for it with place differential with a 9.3 average finish over the last six races. In most, he won none. And with the playoffs in full swing, there's no better time for other teams to catch up. "But our race cars, I think, are the biggest factor in all that". Last race: Ryan Blaney secured a crucial playoff win.

"But we'll see how it shakes out".

"We thought if we could be 15th to 10th it would be a good day for us", he said. Drivers love winning at Charlotte because it is considered the home track of NASCAR; most of the teams have set up shop in North Carolina. I also have available my Race by Race Trends sheet you can view as well. She has worked at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for 48 years and witnessed it grow into what is now regarded as one of the most renowned racetracks in the world.

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